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Plants, animals, soils, water and more

The various parts of a wetland are called components. Ecosystem components include the physical, chemical and biological parts that make up the environment. Examples include the water within a wetland, the chemicals within that water, the vegetation types at a wetland, the organisms that live in a wetland, or the wetland itself (adapted from[2][3][1]). 

For more information on fauna and flora species, enter the scientific or common name of a species:

Nelumbo nucifera, Long Island Photo by Chris Small

wetlands are home to 130 species of freshwater fish, around 210 species of waterbirds and 3000 plant species.

Wetland species profiles

Fauna and flora wetland indicator lists including links to species profiles.

Finding information for a specific area

Data (e.g. flora and fauna species lists) and other wetland information is spatially referenced (latitudes and longitudes) so it can be viewed and queried using WetlandMaps, WetlandSummary or Wildlife Online.

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  1. ^ 9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) – Wetlands and water: supporting life, sustaining livelihoods. Resolution IX.1 Annex A. - A Conceptual Framework for the wise use of wetlands and the maintenance of their ecological character 2005, The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar), viewed 14 September 2012, <>.
  2. ^ Millennium Ecosystem Assessment 2005, Ecosystems and Human Well-being: Synthesis, Island Press, Washington, DC., <>.
  3. ^ National Framework and Guidance for Describing the Ecological Character of Australia’s Ramsar Wetlands. Aquatic Ecosystems Toolkit Module 2: Interim Australian National Aquatic Ecosystem (ANAE) Classification Framework 2008, Australian Government, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA), Canberra, ACT, <>.

Last updated: 22 March 2013

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Plants, animals, soils, water and more, WetlandInfo 2013, Department of Environment and Science, Queensland, viewed 11 February 2019, <>.

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