Biodiversity of the wetlands of the Kakadu region, northern Australia

Colin Finlayson, J. Lowry, M.G. Bellio, S. Nou, R. Pidgeon, D. Walden, C.L. Humphery, G. Fox

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Abstract

The biodiversity values of the wetlands in the Kakadu Region of northern Australia have been recognised as being of national and international significance, as demonstrated through their listing by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Analyses of the wetland biodiversity have resulted in the production of species list for many taxa, and some population and community-level anaylses of biomass and abundance, and the mapping of habitats at multiple scales. Wetland habitats include inter-tidal mud-flats, mangroves, hyper-saline flats, fresh-water flood plains and streams. The tidal influence on the saline wetlands is pronounced, as is the influence of the annual wet-dry cycle of the monsoonal climate on the flood plains and streams. The vegetation is diverse and highly dynamic with rapid turnover of organic material and nutrients. ...
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-399
Number of pages26
JournalAquatic Sciences
Volume68
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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    Finlayson, C., Lowry, J., Bellio, M. G., Nou, S., Pidgeon, R., Walden, D., Humphery, C. L., & Fox, G. (2006). Biodiversity of the wetlands of the Kakadu region, northern Australia. Aquatic Sciences, 68(3), 374-399. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00027-006-0852-3