Species Profile and Threats Database

For information to assist in referral, environmental assessment and compliance issues, refer to the Listing Advice and/or Conservation Advice and Recovery Plan. The Listing and/or Conservation Advice define the national ecological community and may include Key Diagnostic Characteristics, Condition Thresholds, Priority Research and Conservation Actions and additional considerations.
In addition, for recovery planning, mitigation and conservation information, refer to the Recovery Plan (where available) or the Conservation Advice.

EPBC Act Listing Status Listed as Critically Endangered
Date Effective 27 Mar 2012
Listing and Conservation Advices For ecological communities listed from 2013 onwards, there is no separate listing advice. Instead, the advice from the Threatened Species Scientific Committee regarding the listing status of the ecological community and recommendation regarding a recovery plan are contained within the Conservation Advice.
Commonwealth Listing Advice on Claypans of the Swan Coastal Plain (Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC), 2012k) [Listing Advice].
Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Claypans of the Swan Coastal Plain (Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC), 2012l) [Conservation Advice].
Recovery Plan Decision Recovery Plan required, although most components of the ecological community are listed as threatened by the Western Australian government, there are no recovery plans for the Western Australian listed clay pan ecological communities that comprise the national ecological community. Management plans and guidelines do not exist for many of the conservation reserves that include the ecological community. Although a recovery plan exists for the western swamp tortoise, which is reliant on the ecological community, a recovery plan for this ecological community will need to take into account that there are some conflicting management requirements for the clay pans where the western swamp tortoise occurs (e.g. appropriate weed control methods, including herbicide use). A recovery plan will be a very useful to guide management of the clay pans ecological community and will complement existing management documents (06/03/2012).
Adopted/Made Recovery Plans
Other EPBC Act Plans
Federal Register of Legislative Instruments Inclusion of ecological communities in the list of threatened ecological communities under section 181 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 - Clay Pans of the Swan Coastal Plain (06/03/2012) (Commonwealth of Australia, 2012o) [Legislative Instrument].
Indicative Distribution Map(s) Map of Claypans of the Swan Coastal Plain (Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC), 2012b) [Indicative Map].
Distribution Map Community Distribution Map

This map has been compiled from datasets with a range of scales and quality. Species or ecological community distributions included in this map are only indicative and not meant for local assessment. Planning or investment decisions at a local scale should seek some form of ground-truthing to confirm the existence of the species or ecological community at locations of interest. Such assessments should refer to the text of the Listing Advice, which is the legal entity protected under the EPBC Act.

For the legal definition of the ecological community please refer to the listing advice and other documents under Legal Status and Documents.

The following species occur in the Claypans of the Swan Coastal Plain ecological community and are listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 (WC Act) (Western Australia) and the Priority Flora and Priority Fauna List (Priority List) (Western Australia) (TSSC 2012k):

Group Scientific name Common name EPBC Act WC ACT, Priority List
Birds Calyptorhynchus banksii naso forest red-tailed black-cockatoo Vulnerable Vulnerable
Calyptorhynchus baudinii Baudin's black-cockatoo Vulnerable Endangered
Calyptorhynchus latirostris Carnaby's black-cockatoo Endangered Endangered
Mammals Dasyurus geoffroii chuditch Vulnerable Vulnerable
Isoodon obesulus fusciventer quenda, southern brown bandicoot   Priority 5
Macropus irma western brush wallaby   Priority 4
Myrmecobius fasciatus numbat, walpurti Vulnerable Vulnerable
Phascogale tapoatafa ssp. (WAM M434) brush-tailed phascogale, Wambenger   Vulnerable
Pseudocheirus occidentalis western ringtail possum Vulnerable Vulnerable
Reptiles Acanthophis antarcticus southern death adder   Priority 3
Neelaps calonotus black-striped snake   Priority 3
Pseudemydura umbrina western swamp tortoise Critically Endangered Critically Endangered
Invertebrates Glossurocolletes bilobatus* native bee   Priority 2
Leioproctus contrarius native bee   Priority 3
Leioproctus douglasiellus native bee Endangered Endangered
Neopasiphae simplicior native bee Critically Endangered Endangered
Plants Aponogeton hexatepalus stalked water ribbons   Rare/Priority 4
Calandrinia sp. aff. composita     Priority 1
Calytrix breviseta subsp. breviseta swamp starflower Endangered Rare
Centrolepis caespitosa matted centrolepis Endangered Rare
Eleocharis keigheryi Keighery's eleocharis, Keighery's spikerush Vulnerable Rare
Eryngium pinnatifidum subsp. Palustre ms     Priority 2
Hydrocotyle lemnoides aquatic pennywort   Priority 4
Rhodanthe pyrethrum     Priority 3
Schoenus capillifolius     Priority 3
Stylidium calcartum     Priority 3
Triglochin stowardii     Priority 2
Trithuria australis few-flowered hydatella Critically Endangered Rare
Trithuria occidentalis one-sexed hydatella Endangered Rare
Verticordia plumosa var.pleiobotrya plum featherflower, narrow petalled featherflower Endangered Rare

Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC) (2012k). Commonwealth Listing Advice on Claypans of the Swan Coastal Plain. [Online]. Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Canberra, ACT: Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Available from:

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This database is designed to provide statutory, biological and ecological information on species and ecological communities, migratory species, marine species, and species and species products subject to international trade and commercial use protected under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act). It has been compiled from a range of sources including listing advice, recovery plans, published literature and individual experts. While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, no guarantee is given, nor responsibility taken, by the Commonwealth for its accuracy, currency or completeness. The Commonwealth does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage that may be occasioned directly or indirectly through the use of, or reliance on, the information contained in this database. The information contained in this database does not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth. This database is not intended to be a complete source of information on the matters it deals with. Individuals and organisations should consider all the available information, including that available from other sources, in deciding whether there is a need to make a referral or apply for a permit or exemption under the EPBC Act.

Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Claypans of the Swan Coastal Plain in Community and Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed 2014-10-01T15:11:23AEST.