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What's new June 2022?
New pages, page updates and tools
Whole-of-System, Values-Based Framework
Aquatic Ecosystem Rehabilitation
Queensland River Rehabilitation Management Guideline
Wetland services and values
Updated Treatment Systems pages
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Wetlands are important for our environment, economy and our livelihoods. They have many functions from reducing floods to producing clean water and food for humans, industry and agriculture. They provide important habitat for many animals and plants. Wetlands are the great ‘connectors’ across our landscape providing places for our enjoyment and relaxation. Regardless of whether you are doing a school or uni assignment, managing a wetland or undertaking research, you will find a wealth of information here on WetlandInfo. Read more…
WetlandInfo feature species
The feature species for June is the Shield Shrimp, Triops australiensis. Triops australiensis are desert dwelling crustaceans, spawning in temporary pools and claypans filled by rain. Eggs are highly resistant to drought and may need to be completely desiccated for a period, before larvae develops when it rains again. Dried eggs are easily dispered by wind and animals feet. When hatched, Triops australiensis begins life as a larva (called a nauplius) and forms a third eye, which is used to detect light.
Triops australiensis has a large carapace that shields its head and upper body. Triops australiensiscan grow up to 5-7cm in length. Recent work on Triops australiensis suggests there are distinct genetic races, and even separate species, in different isolated habitats.