Biodiversity Series, Paper No. 4
S.R. Morton, J. Short and R.D. Barker, with an Appendix by G.F. Griffin and G. Pearce
Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, 1995
11. Refugia in South Australia (continued)
11.11. Reference number SA11
Refuge area: Goyder's Lagoon
Biogeographic region: Channel Country
Type of refuge: Wetland
Lat./Long. 26°40’S / 139°20’E
Quality of refuge: Significant (3)
Area (km²): <1,000
Chief refuge value
A long-lived wetland providing habitat for a variety of aquatic and terrestrial organisms in an otherwise arid and waterless environment.
An extensive system of channels and floodouts on the lower reaches of the Diamantina River.
The kowari Dasycercus byrnei (E) occurs in the vicinity1.
A distinctive race of the grey grasswren, Amytornis barbatus diamantina, is found only in Goyder's Lagoon and in a few other isolated pockets in far western Queensland2.
Other significant species
Grass owls exist as an isolated population in the Lagoon3.
1. Reid and Gillen (1988)
2. Schodde and Christidis (1987)
3. Cox (1976)