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Wet Tropics freshwater biogeographic province

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Wet Tropics freshwater biogeographic province wetland area by system 2017
System Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 1,773.1 100.0% 6.1%
Artificial and highly modified 110.5 6.2% 0.4%
Estuarine 684.5 38.6% 2.4%
Lacustrine 25.8 1.5% 0.1%
Palustrine 473.5 26.7% 1.6%
Riverine 478.8 27.0% 1.7%

There are approximately 3,968 lacustrine/palustrine wetlands in this region.

Wet Tropics freshwater biogeographic province wetland area by habitat 2017
Habitat Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 1,772.9 100.0% 6.1%
Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 547.8 30.9% 1.9%
Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 136.7 7.7% 0.5%
Coastal and sub-coastal saline swamp 20.8 1.2% 0.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 92.0 5.2% 0.3%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 46.7 2.6% 0.2%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 46.1 2.6% 0.2%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain spring swamp 5.7 0.3% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 134.8 7.6% 0.5%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 34.8 2.0% 0.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal tree swamp—Palm 34.7 2.0% 0.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake 0.1 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain rock lake 1.6 0.1% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake 0.6 0.0% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake—Window 16.2 0.9% 0.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 1.3 0.1% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (floodplain) 55.4 3.1% 0.2%
Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (non-floodplain) 2.6 0.1% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid floodplain lake 0.5 0.0% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain lake 5.6 0.3% 0.0%
(modified natural) Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 0.3 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 0.0 0.0% 0.0%
Artificial and highly modified wetlands (dams, ring tanks, irrigation channels) 88.7 5.0% 0.3%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal saline swamp 0.1 0.0% 0.0%
(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 4.7 0.3% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 9.2 0.5% 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 tree swamp—Palm 3.9 0.2% 0.0%
(modified natural) Riverine 0.8 0.0% 0.0%
Riverine 478.8 27.0% 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

Wet Tropics 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 1,773.1 1,773.8 1,773.7 1,774.1 1,775.3 * 75.1%
Artificial and highly modified 110.5 110.3 109.9 109.1 107.2 n/a
Estuarine 684.5 684.5 684.5 684.6 685.0 94.9%
Lacustrine 25.8 25.8 25.8 25.8 25.7 98.4%
Palustrine 473.5 474.2 474.4 475.3 477.7 58.8%
Riverine 478.8 479.0 479.1 479.3 479.7 74.5%

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

Wet Tropics 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 1,772.9 1,773.6 1,773.6 1,774.0 1,775.3
Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 547.8 547.8 547.8 547.9 548.1
Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 136.7 136.7 136.7 136.7 136.9
Coastal and sub-coastal saline swamp 20.8 20.8 20.8 20.8 20.9
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 92.0 92.1 92.2 92.3 92.7
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 46.7 46.7 46.7 46.7 46.7
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 46.1 46.1 46.1 46.2 46.2
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain spring swamp 5.7 5.7 5.7 5.7 5.7
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 134.8 135.1 135.2 135.3 136.0
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 34.8 35.1 35.1 35.6 36.0
Coastal and sub-coastal tree swamp—Palm 34.7 34.7 34.7 34.8 34.8
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain lake 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain rock lake 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain sand lake—Window 16.2 16.2 16.2 16.2 16.2
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 1.3 1.3 1.3 1.3 1.2
Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (floodplain) 55.4 55.4 55.4 55.4 56.1
Arid and semi-arid tree swamp (non-floodplain) 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6
Arid and semi-arid floodplain lake 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain lake 5.6 5.6 5.6 5.6 5.6
(modified natural) Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3
(modified natural) Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Artificial and highly modified wetlands (dams, ring tanks, irrigation channels) 88.7 88.5 88.2 87.4 85.5
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal saline swamp 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 0.3 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 0.1
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 4.7 4.7 4.7 4.7 4.7
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 9.2 9.2 9.2 9.2 9.2
(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 tree swamp—Palm 3.9 3.9 3.9 3.9 3.9
(modified natural) Riverine 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8
Riverine 478.8 479.0 479.1 479.3 479.7

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.

Wildlife

Kingdom
Class
Native Introduced Wetland
indicator
species
Rare or
threatened
species
All
TOTAL 7171 758 658 407 8255
Animals 1153 34 269 96 1188
Mammals 146 12 8 27 158
Birds 486 10 99 26 496
Reptiles 217 2 25 17 220
Amphibians 76 1 23 20 77
Ray-finned fishes 91 8 94 5 99
Cartilaginous fishes 3 0 3 0 3
Insects 128 1 17 1 129
Malacostracans 5 0 0 0 5
Arachnids 1 0 0 0 1
Bacteria 25 0 0 0 25
Chromists 33 0 0 0 33
Fungi 995 0 0 0 1019
Plants 4963 724 389 311 5988
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) Wet Tropics freshwater biogeographic province — facts and maps, WetlandInfo website, accessed 30 August 2021. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/facts-maps/fbp-wet-tropics/

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