Ecosystems of the Fraser Coast Region

Ecosystems of the Fraser Coast Region

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Fraser Coast Regional ecosystem information

Regional Ecosystem   12.3.11

 

Priority   2

Short Description  Eucalyptus tereticornis +/- Eucalyptus siderophloia, Corymbia intermedia open forest on alluvial plains usually near coast

Notes  koala

Comments  12.3.11: Extensively cleared and modified in populous southern parts of the bioregion. Coastal and sub-coastal areas south of Bundaberg and a narrow coastal fringe north of Bundaberg. 12.3.11a: Lenthall's Dam region west of Hervey Bay. Wongi SF and Tingalpa Ck. Understorey is a likely product of long term fire exclusion. 12.3.11b: Flood plain areas south of Brisbane city including the Oxley Creek catchment. Extensively cleared and modified.

Special Values  Habitat for threatened fauna species including the Black-breasted Button-quail Turnix melanogaster. (Aridis, Melzer and Hamley, 1998)

Fraser Coast region distribution  Mapped across the mainland part of the region and Big Woody Island

Long Description  Eucalyptus tereticornis +/- E. siderophloia and Corymbia intermedia open forest to woodland. Corymbia tessellaris, Lophostemon suaveolens and Melaleuca quinquenervia frequently occur and often form a low tree layer. Other species present in scattered patches or low densities include Angophora leiocarpa, E. exserta, E. grandis, C. trachyphloia, C. citriodora subsp. variegata, E. latisinensis, E. tindaliae, E. racemosa and Melaleuca sieberi. E. seeana may be present south of Landsborough and Livistona decora may occur in scattered patches or low densities in the Glenbar SF and Wongi SF areas. Occurs on Quaternary alluvial plains and drainage lines along coastal lowlands. Rainfall usually exceeds 1000mm/y. (BVG1M: 16c) Vegetation communities in this regional ecosystem include: 12.3.11a: Open forest of Eucalyptus tereticornis and/or E. siderophloia with vine forest understorey. Other canopy species include Corymbia intermedia, Araucaria cunninghamii and Agathis robusta. Frequently occurring understorey species include Flindersia spp., Lophostemon suaveolens, L. confertus, Cupaniopsis parvifolia, Acronychia spp., Alphitonia excelsa and Acacia disparrima subsp. disparrima. Occurs on sub-coastal Quaternary alluvial plains. Rainfall usually exceeds 1000mm/y. (BVG1M: 16c) 12.3.11b: Eucalyptus tereticornis and E. racemosa subsp. racemosa +/- E. siderophloia, Lophostemon suaveolens, E. seeana and Angophora leiocarpa open forest often with a dense shrub layer dominated by Melaleuca nodosa. Occurs on Quaternary alluvium usually higher Pleistocene plains and terraces. Rainfall usually exceeds 1000mm/y. Contains palustrine wetland (e.g. in swales). (BVG1M: 16c)

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