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Eastern Cape freshwater biogeographic province

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Eastern Cape freshwater biogeographic province wetland area by system 2017
System Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 993.8 100.0% 7.8%
Artificial and highly modified 0.1 0.0% 0.0%
Estuarine 518.8 52.2% 4.1%
Lacustrine 40.4 4.1% 0.3%
Palustrine 237.6 23.9% 1.9%
Riverine 196.9 19.8% 1.5%

There are approximately 1,268 lacustrine/palustrine wetlands in this region.

Eastern Cape freshwater biogeographic province wetland area by habitat 2017
Habitat Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 993.8 100.0% 7.8%
Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 383.3 38.6% 3.0%
Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 135.5 13.6% 1.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal saline swamp 1.9 0.2% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 60.5 6.1% 0.5%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 36.5 3.7% 0.3%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 127.7 12.8% 1.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 1.8 0.2% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 9.1 0.9% 0.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal tree swamp—Palm 0.0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake 0.0 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake—Window 40.4 4.1% 0.3%
Artificial and highly modified wetlands (dams, ring tanks, irrigation channels) 0.1 0.0% 0.0%
Riverine 196.9 19.8% 1.5%

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

Eastern Cape 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 993.8 993.8 993.7 993.7 993.7 * 100.0%
Artificial and highly modified 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 n/a
Estuarine 518.8 518.8 518.8 518.8 518.8 100.0%
Lacustrine 40.4 40.4 40.4 40.4 40.4 100.0%
Palustrine 237.6 237.6 237.6 237.6 237.6 100.0%
Riverine 196.9 196.9 196.9 196.9 196.9 100.0%

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

Eastern Cape 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 993.8 993.8 993.7 993.7 993.7
Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 383.3 383.3 383.3 383.3 383.3
Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 135.5 135.5 135.5 135.5 135.5
Coastal and sub-coastal saline swamp 1.9 1.9 1.9 1.9 1.9
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 60.5 60.5 60.5 60.5 60.5
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 36.5 36.5 36.5 36.5 36.5
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 127.7 127.7 127.7 127.7 127.7
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 1.8 1.8 1.8 1.8 1.8
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 9.1 9.1 9.1 9.1 9.1
Coastal and sub-coastal tree swamp—Palm 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake—Window 40.4 40.4 40.4 40.4 40.4
Artificial and highly modified wetlands (dams, ring tanks, irrigation channels) 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0
Riverine 196.9 196.9 196.9 196.9 196.9

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 3189 241 358 164 3515
Animals 691 18 132 47 709
Mammals 86 9 2 14 95
Birds 347 5 74 22 352
Reptiles 126 3 13 8 129
Amphibians 33 1 9 3 34
Ray-finned fishes 33 0 33 0 33
Cartilaginous fishes 1 0 1 0 1
Insects 64 0 0 0 64
Malacostracans 1 0 0 0 1
Bacteria 3 0 0 0 4
Fungi 219 0 0 0 221
Plants 2276 223 226 117 2581

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) Eastern Cape freshwater biogeographic province — facts and maps, WetlandInfo website, accessed 1 February 2021. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/facts-maps/fbp-eastern-cape/

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