Australia's biodiversity crisis and the need for the Biodiversity Council

Jaana Dielenberg, Sarah Bekessy, Graeme S. Cumming, Angela J. Dean, James A. Fitzsimons, Stephen Garnett, Teagan Goolmeer, Lesley Hughes, Richard T. Kingsford, Sarah Legge, David B. Lindenmayer, Catherine E. Lovelock, Rachel Lowry, Martine Maron, Jessica Marsh, Jan McDonald, Nicola J. Mitchell, Bradley J. Moggridge, Rachel Morgain, Patrick J. O'ConnorJack Pascoe, Gretta T. Pecl, Hugh P. Possingham, Euan G. Ritchie, Liam D.G. Smith, Rebecca Spindler, Ross M. Thompson, James Trezise, Kate Umbers, John Woinarski, Brendan A. Wintle

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Australia is a mega-biodiverse region. Millions of years of geographical isolation have resulted in high species diversity and endemism. So far, >21 000 species of plants, 8000 species of vertebrates, and 110 000 species of insects and other invertebrates have been described (Chapman 2009). An exceptionally high percentage are endemic; 93% of flowering plants, >80% of invertebrates, 87% of mammals, 93% of reptiles, 94% of frogs, 74% of freshwater fishes and >50% of temperate marine fishes in Australia are found nowhere else (Lintermans 2013; Cresswell & Murphy 2017).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-74
Number of pages6
JournalEcological Management and Restoration
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2024


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