Floodplain Wetland Biota in the Murray-Darling Basin
Water and Habitat RequirementsEdited by:
Addresses the need for an improved understanding of the biota of Australian freshwater wetlands.
Floodplain wetlands of the Murray-Darling Basin provide critical habitat for numerous species of flora and fauna, yet the ecology of these wetlands is threatened by a range of environmental issues. This book addresses the urgent need for an improved ecohydrological understanding of the biota of Australian freshwater wetlands. + Full description
It synthesises key water and habitat requirements for 35 species of plants, 48 species of waterbirds, 17 native and four introduced species of fish, 15 species of frogs, and 16 species of crustaceans and molluscs found in floodplain wetlands of the Murray-Darling Basin. Each species profile includes: the influence of water regimes on the survival, health and condition of the species; key stimuli for reproduction and germination; habitat and dietary preferences; as well as major knowledge gaps for the species.
Floodplain Wetland Biota in the Murray-Darling Basin also provides an overview of the likely impacts of hydrological change on wetland ecosystems and biota, in the context of climate change and variability, with implications for environmental management. This important book provides an essential baseline for further education, scientific research and management of floodplain wetland biota in the Murray-Darling Basin.- Short description
"Floodplain Wetland Biota and the Murray-Darling Basin is a timely addition to the body of knowledge linking hydrology and ecology in the dynamic and complex system of the Basin,
and is a ‘must read’ for anyone working on and interested in how the Basin ‘works’. It is one of the first truly ecohydrological efforts to focus on a range of obvious and not-so-obvious taxa. It is an authoritative, comprehensive and essential reference for Basin managers, policy makers
and researchers, and an enjoyable read to boot!"
Dr Gina Newton, Australasian Plant Conservation, Vol 19 No 4, March - May 2011
"The crustaceans and molluscs chapter is particularly illuminating reading for anyone who thinks they know everything about the Basin’s biota.
Overall, Floodplain Wetland Biota fulfils its aims and is a valuable contribution to what seems to be a relatively new field, and should be on the shelf of anyone working in or with an interest in the Basin. Hopefully it will not be alone there for long."
Joanne Ocock, Austral Ecology (2011) 36, e39
DetailsPaperback | November 2010 | $ 99.95
ISBN: 9780643096288 | 360 pages | 245 x 170 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Colour photographs, Line Art
ePDF | November 2010
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
- Provides an overview of floodplain wetlands in the Murray-Darling Basin and their key freshwater biota (flora and fauna)
- Includes information on water and habitat requirements in the form of succinct species profiles
- Focuses on the influence of water regimes on the survival, health and condition of species, the key stimuli for reproduction and germination, their habitat and dietary preferences, and identifies major knowledge gaps
- Summary of the likely impacts of hydrological change on wetland ecosystems and biota in the Murray-Darling Basin
- Outlines the needs and challenges for development and integration of ecohydrological knowledge of freshwater biota for management planning and environmental watering
- Provides an essential baseline for further education, scientific research and management of floodplain wetland biota in the Murray-Darling Basin
ContentsChapter 1 Floodplain wetlands of the Murray-Darling Basin and their freshwater biota
Chapter 2 Vegetation
Chapter 3 Waterbirds
Chapter 4 Fish
Chapter 5 Frogs
Chapter 6 Crustaceans and molluscs
Chapter 7 Impacts of hydrological changes on floodplain
Chapter 8 Management of water for floodplain wetland biota
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