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
12. Refugia in the Northern Territory (continued)
12.13. Reference number NT13
Refuge area: Tanami drainage system
Biogeographic region: Tanami
Type of refuge: Refuge from exotic animals/ecological refuge
Lat./Long. 20°50’S / 130°20’E
Quality of refuge: Highly significant (5)
Area (km²): <1,000
Chief refuge value
A refuge for several rare or uncommon vertebrate species due to some combination of two factors: the relative absence of exotic competitors and predators; and the presence of a buried drainage system which allows for comparatively regular plant production.
The drainage system runs through sandplain for up to 50 km to the south of The Granites. The system is some metres lower than this sandplain, and supports Triodia pungens and Plectrachne sp., plus a variety of halophytic plants around saline pans1, 2. Exotic animals are vital issues in the refuge3.
The last remaining mainland population of the rufous hare-wallaby Lagorchetses hirsutus (E) exists here2, 3. Bilbies Macrotis lagotis (V) are also present1. Mulgaras Dasycercus cristicauda (V) are relatively common also4.
The species mentioned above.
Other significant species
Striated grasswrens Amytornis striatus1.
Foxes, cats, camels, and rabbits.
1. Gibson (1986)
2. Lundie-Jenkins (1993)
3. Lundie-Jenkins et al. (1993)
4. Gibson and Cole (1992)