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Central freshwater biogeographic province

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Based on wetland mapping version 5.0

Central freshwater biogeographic province wetland area by system 2017
System Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 10,786.3 100.0% 3.5%
Artificial and highly modified 1,363.6 12.6% 0.4%
Estuarine 2,484.3 23.0% 0.8%
Lacustrine 178.7 1.7% 0.1%
Palustrine 1,607.6 14.9% 0.5%
Riverine 5,152.1 47.8% 1.7%

There are approximately 16,493 lacustrine/palustrine wetlands in this region.

Central freshwater biogeographic province wetland area by habitat 2017
Habitat Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 10,786.1 100.0% 3.5%
Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 1,196.4 11.1% 0.4%
Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 1,287.9 11.9% 0.4%
Coastal and sub-coastal saline swamp 252.7 2.3% 0.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 118.5 1.1% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 13.4 0.1% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 9.4 0.1% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain spring swamp 0.1 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 348.5 3.2% 0.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain wet heath swamp 0.0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 477.8 4.4% 0.2%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake 24.2 0.2% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 76.7 0.7% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid saline swamp 0.2 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (floodplain) 155.0 1.4% 0.1%
Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (floodplain) 51.3 0.5% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (non-floodplain) 172.9 1.6% 0.1%
Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (non-floodplain) 7.5 0.1% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain spring swamp 0.3 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid saline lake 0.7 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid floodplain lake 2.5 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain lake 74.7 0.7% 0.0%
Artificial and highly modified wetlands (dams, ring tanks, irrigation channels) 1,274.8 11.8% 0.4%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal saline swamp 0.0 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 0.1 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 0.3 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 22.1 0.2% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 6.3 0.1% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 1.4 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Riverine 58.3 0.5% 0.0%
Riverine 5,152.1 47.8% 1.7%

Disclaimer

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

All statistics are approximate and generated based on data transformed to a customised Albers equal-area projection, thus allowing wetland extent change for different regions of Queensland to be comparable.

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

Central freshwater biogeographic province wetland extent change by system
System 2017 area
(km²)
2013 area
(km²)
2009 area
(km²)
2005 area
(km²)
2001 area
(km²)
2017/pre-clear
percentage
Total 10,786.3 10,771.7 10,747.6 10,717.8 10,660.1 * 86.9%
Artificial and highly modified 1,363.6 1,334.7 1,303.4 1,266.2 1,188.2 n/a
Estuarine 2,484.3 2,484.6 2,487.9 2,488.4 2,490.6 87.5%
Lacustrine 178.7 178.3 174.4 172.4 171.3 94.6%
Palustrine 1,607.6 1,608.9 1,610.4 1,612.7 1,615.4 84.8%
Riverine 5,152.1 5,165.3 5,171.5 5,178.1 5,194.6 86.9%

* Total 2017/pre-clear percentage excludes artificial and highly modified

Central freshwater biogeographic province wetland extent change by habitat
Habitat 2017 area
(km²)
2013 area
(km²)
2009 area
(km²)
2005 area
(km²)
2001 area
(km²)
Total 10,786.1 10,771.5 10,747.4 10,717.6 10,659.9
Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 1,196.4 1,196.4 1,196.8 1,196.9 1,197.0
Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 1,287.9 1,288.2 1,291.1 1,291.5 1,293.6
Coastal and sub-coastal saline swamp 252.7 252.7 252.7 252.8 252.8
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 118.5 118.7 120.1 120.3 121.7
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 13.4 13.4 13.4 13.4 13.4
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 9.4 9.5 9.5 8.8 8.8
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain spring swamp 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 348.5 348.9 348.9 350.9 350.8
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain wet heath swamp 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 477.8 478.3 478.4 478.9 480.0
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake 24.2 24.2 24.2 22.6 22.6
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 76.7 76.2 72.4 72.0 71.0
Arid and semi-arid saline swamp 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (floodplain) 155.0 155.0 155.0 155.0 155.0
Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (floodplain) 51.3 51.4 51.4 51.8 51.9
Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (non-floodplain) 172.9 172.9 172.9 172.9 173.1
Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (non-floodplain) 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.5
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain spring swamp 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3
Arid and semi-arid saline lake 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7
Arid and semi-arid floodplain lake 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.4 2.4
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain lake 74.7 74.7 74.7 74.7 74.7
Artificial and highly modified wetlands (dams, ring tanks, irrigation channels) 1,274.8 1,246.2 1,214.9 1,178.0 1,100.6
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal saline swamp 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.2
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 22.1 22.1 22.1 22.1 22.1
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 6.3 6.0 6.0 6.0 5.3
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4
(modified natural) Riverine 58.3 58.3 58.3 58.3 58.3
Riverine 5,152.1 5,165.3 5,171.5 5,178.1 5,194.6

Disclaimer

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

All statistics are approximate and generated based on data transformed to a customised Albers equal-area projection, thus allowing wetland extent change for different regions of Queensland to be comparable.

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 7724 853 728 362 8882
Animals 1377 44 285 126 1421
Mammals 175 19 9 34 194
Birds 550 11 97 43 561
Reptiles 299 2 29 28 301
Amphibians 71 1 30 11 72
Lobe-finned fishes 1 0 1 1 1
Ray-finned fishes 78 9 86 3 87
Cartilaginous fishes 6 0 6 3 6
Lampreys 1 0 1 0 1
Insects 189 2 26 1 191
Malacostracans 3 0 0 0 3
Arachnids 2 0 0 0 2
Snails 2 0 0 2 2
Bacteria 26 0 0 0 27
Chromists 46 0 0 0 47
Fungi 509 0 0 0 517
Plants 5764 809 443 236 6868
Protozoans 2 0 0 0 2

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

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This page should be cited as:

Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2013) Central freshwater biogeographic province — facts and maps, WetlandInfo website, accessed 13 May 2021. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/facts-maps/fbp-central/

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