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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

4. Foci of biological diversity in Western Australia (continued)

4.6. Little Sandy Desert


109,613 km².

Primary land-use

Aboriginal use, mining exploration.

National Parks and Nature Reserves

Rudall River National Park (part).

Management problems

Camels are present throughout the Region (Short et al. 1988).

ANZECC-listed species

Black-footed rock-wallabies Petrogale lateralis (V) are known to occur in the Durba Hills (Burbidge and Pearson 1989) and in the Calvert Ranges (Eldridge et al. 1994b).

Species that are regionally endemic

No information.

Relict populations

See black-footed rock-wallabies under ANZECC-listed species above.

Other significant populations

White-striped bat Tadarida australis and an unidentified species of the same genus are the first records from inland deserts of Western Australia (McKenzie, Youngson, Burbidge and Chapman in McKenzie and Burbidge 1979).

Reid and Fleming (1992) considered the bush thick-knee Burhinus grallarius to be declining in this Region.

Wetland sites

No information.


As noted in section 4.5, Rudall River is classified as a refuge (10.15).