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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)

11.9. Reference number SA9

Refuge area: Strzelecki Creek floodplain and Lake Blanche

Biogeographic region: Simpson-Strzelecki Dunefields

Type of refuge: Wetland

Lat./Long. 27°55’S / 140°40’E

Quality of refuge: Significant (1)

Area (km²): <10,000

Chief refuge value

An extensive and important distributary and floodout system providing occasional habitat for waterbirds.

General description

Strzelecki Creek is an overflow of the Cooper Creek and a major feeder stream of Lake Blanch, a shallow freshwater ephemeral lake1, 2. The system is entirely unregulated.

ANZECC-listed species

The dusky hopping-mouse Notomys fuscus (E) has been recorded from sand-dunes along the Strzelecki2.

Regional endemics

None identified.

Relict species

None identified.

Other significant species

None identified.

Key threats

Grazing by stock and rabbits, and alterations to flow regimes.

Land tenure

Pastoral leases; part of the system lies in the Strzelecki Regional Reserve.

Key references

1. Morelli and Drewien (1993)

2. Reid and Gillen (1988)

3. Puckridge and Drewien (1992)