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Threatened Species

The flora and fauna assemblages of the Fleurieu Peninsula Swamps are home to many species that are not found elsewhere in Australia such as the MLR Southern Emu-wren (Stipiturus malachurus intermedius).

Threatened FloraOsborns Eyebright

Fleurieu Peninsula Swamp communities contain at least 204 native plant species of which 167 are indigenous, meaning they only occur in the Swamps. Fifty percent of the indigenous plant species recorded in the Swamps (84 species) have state conservation significance and fifty-seven percent (96 species) have regional conservation status. Four threatened plant species have national significance:

The presence of these threatened species within an already critically endangered ecosystem brings additional responsibility for protection and improvement.




Osborns Eyebright


Threatened Fauna

Animals of federal conservation significance include;


Animals of Regional conservation significance include;


  • Bibron's Toadlet (Pseudophryne bibronii) - IUCN,
  • Brown Quail (Coturnix ypsilophora) - IUCN,
  • Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis) - IUCN,
  • Swamp Rat (Rattus lutreolus) - IUCN,
  • Yellow-bellied Water Skink (Eulamprus heatwolei) - IUCN.
  • Eastern Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus)
  • Yellow-footed Antechinus (Antechinus flavipes)

Bibrons Toadlet on its nest

Male Bibron's Toadlet sitting on its eggs (Tom Hands)

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