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Great Barrier Reef catchments Aquatic Conservation Assessment (AquaBAMM) and other

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Great Barrier Reef catchments Aquatic Conservation Assessment (AquaBAMM) and other wetland area by system 2013
System Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 12,449.6 100.0% 3.7%
Artificial and highly modified 1,404.2 11.3% 0.4%
Estuarine 3,105.1 24.9% 0.9%
Lacustrine 159.0 1.3% 0.0%
Palustrine 2,079.7 16.7% 0.6%
Riverine 5,701.6 45.8% 1.7%

There are approximately 17,505 lacustrine/palustrine wetlands in this region.

Great Barrier Reef catchments Aquatic Conservation Assessment (AquaBAMM) and other wetland area by habitat 2013
Habitat Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 12,449.6 100.0% 3.7%
Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 1,741.4 14.0% 0.5%
Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 1,363.7 11.0% 0.4%
Coastal and sub-coastal saline swamp 114.2 0.9% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 215.4 1.7% 0.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 23.9 0.2% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 52.5 0.4% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain spring swamp 0.0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 510.8 4.1% 0.2%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain wet heath swamp 6.9 0.1% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 678.0 5.4% 0.2%
Coastal and sub-coastal tree swamp—Palm 35.2 0.3% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake 12.1 0.1% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain rock lake 1.6 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake—Window 0.1 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 63.4 0.5% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid saline swamp 0.2 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (floodplain) 206.9 1.7% 0.1%
Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (floodplain) 51.1 0.4% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (non-floodplain) 178.4 1.4% 0.1%
Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (non-floodplain) 5.9 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain spring swamp 0.3 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid floodplain lake 1.6 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain lake 80.3 0.6% 0.0%
Artificial and highly modified wetlands (dams, ring tanks, irrigation channels) 1,355.2 10.9% 0.4%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 0.3 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 0.1 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 3.9 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 31.9 0.3% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 7.3 0.1% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal tree swamp—Palm 3.6 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 2.0 0.0% 0.0%
Riverine 5,701.6 45.8% 1.7%

Disclaimer

Areas do not include marine or estuarine waters but do include estuarine wetland vegetation
(e.g. mangroves and tidal flats).

Areas are approximate and calculated using the GDA94 / Australian Albers projection.

Areas may change over time as mapping approaches improve.

Totals may not match the sum of individually displayed figures due to the rounding of displayed figures.

Wetland extent changes

Great Barrier Reef catchments Aquatic Conservation Assessment (AquaBAMM) and other wetland extent change by system
System 2013 area
(km²)
2009 area
(km²)
2005 area
(km²)
2001 area
(km²)
2013/pre-clear
percentage
Total 12,449.6 12,425.0 12,395.3 12,340.4 86.6%
Artificial and highly modified 1,404.2 1,371.4 1,334.0 1,256.0 n/a
Estuarine 3,105.1 3,108.2 3,108.8 3,110.8 90.2%
Lacustrine 159.0 158.8 158.1 156.6 96.0%
Palustrine 2,079.7 2,080.1 2,082.5 2,088.2 71.5%
Riverine 5,701.6 5,706.4 5,711.9 5,728.7 83.0%
Great Barrier Reef catchments Aquatic Conservation Assessment (AquaBAMM) and other wetland extent change by habitat
Habitat 2013 area
(km²)
2009 area
(km²)
2005 area
(km²)
2001 area
(km²)
Total 12,449.6 12,425.0 12,395.3 12,340.4
Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 1,741.4 1,741.6 1,741.8 1,741.8
Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 1,363.7 1,366.6 1,367.1 1,369.0
Coastal and sub-coastal saline swamp 114.2 114.2 114.2 114.3
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 215.4 215.9 216.7 218.5
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 23.9 23.9 23.9 23.9
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 52.5 53.3 53.4 53.7
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain spring swamp 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 510.8 509.9 510.8 511.7
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain wet heath swamp 6.9 6.9 7.0 7.0
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 678.0 678.0 678.0 679.4
Coastal and sub-coastal tree swamp—Palm 35.2 35.2 35.2 35.2
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake 12.1 12.1 12.1 11.5
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain rock lake 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake—Window 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 63.4 63.2 62.5 61.6
Arid and semi-arid saline swamp 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (floodplain) 206.9 206.9 206.9 207.6
Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (floodplain) 51.1 51.2 51.5 51.7
Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (non-floodplain) 178.4 178.4 178.4 178.7
Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (non-floodplain) 5.9 5.9 5.9 5.9
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain spring swamp 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3
Arid and semi-arid floodplain lake 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain lake 80.3 80.2 80.2 80.2
Artificial and highly modified wetlands (dams, ring tanks, irrigation channels) 1,355.2 1,322.4 1,285.1 1,208.2
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 3.9 3.9 3.9 3.9
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 31.9 31.9 31.9 31.9
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 7.3 7.3 7.3 6.8
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal tree swamp—Palm 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.6
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 2.0 2.0 2.0 1.4
Riverine 5,701.6 5,706.4 5,711.9 5,728.7

Disclaimer

Areas do not include marine or estuarine waters but do include estuarine wetland vegetation
(e.g. mangroves and tidal flats).

Areas are approximate and calculated using the GDA94 / Australian Albers projection.

Areas may change over time as mapping approaches improve.

Totals may not match the sum of individually displayed figures due to the rounding of displayed figures.

Wildlife

Kingdom
Class
Native Introduced Wetland
indicator
species
Rare or
threatened
species
All
TOTAL 10863 1072 881 654 11939
Animals 1588 51 345 156 1639
Mammals 190 21 9 38 211
Birds 592 12 94 44 604
Reptiles 333 2 34 33 335
Amphibians 99 1 35 24 100
Lobe-finned fishes 1 0 1 1 1
Ray-finned fishes 121 13 128 8 134
Cartilaginous fishes 11 0 11 4 11
Lampreys 1 0 1 0 1
Insects 229 2 32 2 231
Malacostracans 6 0 0 0 6
Arachnids 3 0 0 0 3
Snails 2 0 0 2 2
Fungi 1181 0 0 0 1182
Plants 7582 1021 528 498 8606
Protists 512 0 8 0 512

Note: Wildlife statistics are based on information that has been submitted to the DES WildNet database and converted to a 10km² grid. The grid information has been intersected with the mapping polygons to determine the species lists. Click here to view the species grid metadata.

Information from WildNet can also be accessed via Wildlife Online and WetlandMaps.

Rare or threatened includes species listed as extinct, extinct in the wild, critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable or conservation dependent under either the Nature Conservation Act or Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act

Disclaimer: While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of this product, the Queensland Government and Australian Government make no representations or warranties about its accuracy, reliability, completeness or suitability for any particular purpose and disclaim all responsibility and all liability (including without limitation, liability in negligence) for all expenses, losses, damages (including indirect or consequential damage) and costs which might be incurred as a consequence of reliance on the product, or as a result of the product being inaccurate or incomplete in any way and for any reason.

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Great Barrier Reef catchments Aquatic Conservation Assessment (AquaBAMM) and other — facts and maps, WetlandInfo, Department of Environment and Science, Queensland, viewed 6 August 2019, <https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/facts-maps/aca-bounding-area-great-barrier-reef/>.

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