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Refugia for biological diversity in arid and semi-arid Australia

Biodiversity Series, Paper No. 4
S.R. Morton, J. Short and R.D. Barker, with an Appendix by G.F. Griffin and G. Pearce
Biodiversity Unit
Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, 1995

10. Refugia in Western Australia (continued)

10.15. Reference number WA15

Refuge area: Rudall River

Biogeographic region: Great and Little Sandy Desert

Type of refuge: Wetland/ecological refuge

Lat./Long. 22°30’S / 122°00’E (headwaters) to 22°07’S / 123°00’E (Lake Dora)

Quality of refuge: Significant (2)

Area (km²): <10,000

Chief refuge value

Habitat for waterbirds and potentially for other organisms.

General description

Rudall River flows about 120 km into Lake Dora (30,000 ha). Major river pools or waterholes are Curran Curran Waterhole and Coondegoon Pool. Permanent pools and soaks with stands of Melaleuca cajuputi in addition to Eucalyptus camaldulensis and E. microtheca in an otherwise dry landscape.

ANZECC-listed species

None identified.

Regional endemics

None identified.

Relict species

None identified.

Other significant species

Eleven species of waterbirds, mainly at relatively low numbers1,2. The presence of relatively regular plant production may also provide an ecological refuge for other organisms.

Key threats

Camels and human settlement; possibly mining2.

Land tenure

Rudall River National Park3.

Key references

1. Burbidge and McKenzie (1983)

2. Jaensch and Lane (1993)

3. Burrows et al. (1994)