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Murray Darling freshwater biogeographic province

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Murray Darling freshwater biogeographic province wetland area by system 2017
System Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 4,292.7 100.0% 1.6%
Artificial and highly modified 927.0 21.6% 0.4%
Lacustrine 330.2 7.7% 0.1%
Palustrine 1,738.9 40.5% 0.7%
Riverine 1,296.7 30.2% 0.5%

There are approximately 11,390 lacustrine/palustrine wetlands in this region.

Murray Darling freshwater biogeographic province wetland area by habitat 2017
Habitat Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 4,292.7 100.0% 1.6%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 13.4 0.3% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 0.1 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 3.7 0.1% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 102.2 2.4% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 65.7 1.5% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lignum swamps 1.7 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake 31.2 0.7% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 7.9 0.2% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid saline swamp 45.5 1.1% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (floodplain) 81.7 1.9% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid lignum swamp (floodplain) 128.7 3.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (floodplain) 7.4 0.2% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (non-floodplain) 17.9 0.4% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid lignum swamp (non-floodplain) 421.1 9.8% 0.2%
Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (non-floodplain) 848.9 19.8% 0.3%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain spring swamp 1.0 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid saline lake 89.8 2.1% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid floodplain lake 24.3 0.6% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain lake 166.5 3.9% 0.1%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain lake—claypans 10.4 0.2% 0.0%
Artificial and highly modified wetlands (dams, ring tanks, irrigation channels) 860.2 20.0% 0.3%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 13.7 0.3% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 0.4 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 10.4 0.2% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 2.2 0.1% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake 12.5 0.3% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 0.3 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (non-floodplain) 0.0 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Riverine 27.3 0.6% 0.0%
Riverine 1,296.7 30.2% 0.5%

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

Murray Darling 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 4,292.7 4,289.1 4,284.1 4,275.2 4,251.3 * 80.9%
Artificial and highly modified 927.0 914.4 905.1 888.8 850.3 n/a
Lacustrine 330.2 330.2 330.2 330.2 319.2 93.8%
Palustrine 1,738.9 1,740.7 1,742.0 1,745.2 1,758.6 90.1%
Riverine 1,296.7 1,303.9 1,306.8 1,310.9 1,323.1 71.9%

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

Murray Darling 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 4,292.7 4,289.1 4,284.1 4,275.2 4,251.3
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 13.4 13.4 13.4 13.4 13.4
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 102.2 102.7 102.7 103.5 104.7
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 65.7 66.1 67.2 67.2 70.6
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lignum swamps 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake 31.2 31.2 31.2 31.2 21.6
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 7.9 7.9 7.9 7.9 7.4
Arid and semi-arid saline swamp 45.5 45.5 45.5 45.5 45.5
Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (floodplain) 81.7 81.7 81.7 81.7 81.7
Arid and semi-arid lignum swamp (floodplain) 128.7 128.7 128.7 128.7 128.7
Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (floodplain) 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.6
Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (non-floodplain) 17.9 17.9 17.9 17.9 18.0
Arid and semi-arid lignum swamp (non-floodplain) 421.1 421.2 421.3 422.2 425.8
Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (non-floodplain) 848.9 849.6 849.8 851.4 856.2
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain spring swamp 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Arid and semi-arid saline lake 89.8 89.8 89.8 89.8 89.8
Arid and semi-arid floodplain lake 24.3 24.3 24.3 24.3 23.7
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain lake 166.5 166.5 166.5 166.5 166.4
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain lake—claypans 10.4 10.4 10.4 10.4 10.4
Artificial and highly modified wetlands (dams, ring tanks, irrigation channels) 860.2 847.9 838.6 823.2 786.2
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 13.7 13.7 13.7 13.7 13.7
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 0.4 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 10.4 9.9 9.9 9.0 7.9
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake 12.5 12.5 12.5 12.5 12.5
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.1
(modified natural) Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (non-floodplain) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
(modified natural) Riverine 27.3 27.3 27.3 27.3 27.1
Riverine 1,296.7 1,303.9 1,306.8 1,310.9 1,323.1

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 6143 763 482 251 7155
Animals 1097 36 213 75 1133
Mammals 128 17 3 18 145
Birds 427 11 72 30 438
Reptiles 221 1 13 15 222
Amphibians 55 1 27 6 56
Ray-finned fishes 30 4 34 2 34
Insects 226 2 64 3 228
Malacostracans 5 0 0 0 5
Branchiopods 1 0 0 0 1
Arachnids 3 0 0 0 3
Snails 1 0 0 1 1
Bacteria 33 0 0 0 33
Chromists 109 0 0 0 110
Fungi 923 2 0 0 958
Plants 3979 725 269 176 4919
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

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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This page should be cited as:

Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2013) Murray Darling freshwater biogeographic province — facts and maps, WetlandInfo website, accessed 30 August 2021. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/facts-maps/fbp-murray-darling/

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