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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

13. Refugia in Queensland (continued)

13.7. Reference number QLD7

Refuge area: Northern Grey Range

Biogeographic region: Mulga Lands

Type of refuge: Mountain range

Lat./Long. 25°S / 145°E

Quality of refuge: Highly significant (5)

Area (km²): <10,000

Chief refuge value

Potential mountain refuge for plants and animals in the north of the mulga lands.

General description

Rugged residual sandstone tablelands and hills in the Grey and Gowan Ranges to the north and west of Adavale1. Systematic investigations are wanting, but there is limited evidence that the area may warrant classification as a refuge.

ANZECC-listed species

The plants Xerothamnella parvifolia, Rhaphidospora bonneyana and Melaleuca kunzeoides (all V) occur in the Grey and Gowan Ranges2, 3.

Regional endemics

None identified.

Relict species

The rare plants Eremophila linsmithii, Acacia spania, Euphorbia sarcostemmoides, and Homocalyx polyandrus are recorded in the Ranges2, 3.

Other significant species

The yellow-footed rock-wallaby Petrogale xanthopus occurs on rugged sandstone ridges throughout the Ranges1.

Key threats

Land degradation through stock and feral animals, especially goats.

Land tenure

Pastoral leases.

Key references

1. Gordon et al. (1993)

2. Purdie (1986)

3. Thomas and McDonald (1989)