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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

11. Refugia in South Australia (continued)

11.7. Reference number SA7

Refuge area: Lake Torrens

Biogeographic region: Flinders and Olary Ranges

Type of refuge: Wetland

Lat./Long. 30°58’S / 138°01’E

Quality of refuge: Significant (2)

Area (km²): <10,000

Chief refuge value

An extensive saline system providing occasional habitat for waterbirds.

General description

A large saline lake in relatively pristine condition. Little is known of the ecology of the Lake, although banded stilts Cladorhynchus leucocephalus are known to breed there in large numbers1.

ANZECC-listed species

None identified.

Regional endemics

None identified.

Relict species

None identified.

Other significant species

None identified.

Key threats

None identified.

Land tenure

Lake Torrens Regional Reserve.

Key references

1. Morelli and Drewien (1993)