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Eubenangee Swamp National Park, North Qld, Australia

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Australia, Queensland, Cairns

The Eubenangee Swamp is a vast swamp in the Eubenangee Swamp National Park. This is a region of Cairns, Queensland in Australia, 1,332 km northwest of Brisbane. This landscape, exceptionally beautiful and dangerous due to crocodiles, has become an inspiration to create this biotope. Rainbowfish in this area are my favorite fish species’.

Submitted by
Magdalena Szubska
Approved by
Hans-Georg Evers & John Lenagan
GPS
-17.4233341, 145.9569397
Geographical region
Oceania
Drainage Basin
East Coast
River catchment
Russel River
Water body type
Wetland
Water body name
Eubenangee swamp
Water body part
Flood plain
Water body course
Middle course
Water body: tributary of
River
Tributary name
Russel River

Videos above and below water

Water Chemistry

Water information

Water type
Fresh water
Water color
Clear water
Water transparency
Medium
Concentration of sediments
Medium
Water temperature
22-29 °C
Water flow/curent
Slow

Chemical parameters

pH
6.0
Conductivity
50
GH
10 mg/l
KH
Dissolved Oxygen
40 %

Substrate in nature

Sand
Beige
Pebble/Gravel
no
Stone
Grey
Stone form
Irregular
Silt/Mud
Beige
Leaves
Driftwood
Many
Submerged terrestrial vegetation
Yes

Aquatic Biotope

Date of collecting
September 2020
Collecting area
Flooded area
Water depth
0,2m
Air temperature
32 °C
Sunlight
Full sun

Environment

Environment
Untouched
Surrounding area

Eubenangee Swamp is a national park in the Eubenangee region of Cairns, Queensland in Australia, 1,332 km northwest of Brisbane. It is part of the important wet tropic coastal bird area, designated as such by BirdLife International for its importance in the conservation of lowland tropical rainforest birds. It is home to over 190 species of birds, is a birdwatcher’s paradise.

The Eubenangee Swamp, an important coastal lowland wetland between Ingham and Cairns. Located below the Bellenden Ker range (Australia’s wettest part), most of this park is flooded during the rainy season. In addition to being an important habitat for waterbirds and crocodiles, the park also protects some of the last remnants of various types of lowland vegetation.

The area has high annual rainfall, most of which falls in the rainy season (December to April). These summer months are characterized by high temperatures (usually above 30°C) and very high humidity, second only to intense downpours. The winter months are very pleasant, with lower humidity and temperatures (daily range from 16 to 26°C) and frequent, bright, sunny days.

Underwater landscape

The watercourses in this area have quite a lot of vegetation above and below the water. They are mainly grasses and reeds. There are also a lot of trees. A large amount of greenery immersed in water, as well as the roots of trees, shrubs and grasses give this place a very specific character.

The water contains stones often covered with algae, river sand and sunken pieces of wood of various sizes. The clear, slightly shaded water shows the full color palette of fish living in these areas.

Fishes:

  • Melanotaenia maccullochi
  • Pseudomugil gertrudae
  • Giuris margaritacea
  • Tilapia mariae (introduced)
  • Kuhlia rupestris
  • Cairnsichthys rhomboides
  • Anguilla reinhardtii

Aquatic plants:

  • Azolla filiculoides
  • Azolla pinnata
  • Nymphaea immutabilis
  • Hydrocotyle oraria
  • Ceratopteris thalictroides
  • Vallisneria nana
  • Marsilea sp.

Wetland plants:

  • Phragmites australis
Threats to ecology

Wetlands are of great importance on a dry continent like Australia. They are a water reservoir for the areas around them. Besides this function, they are of great importance to Australian wildlife.

They are the habitat of a huge number of animals. From the smallest ones, insects, through numerous species of fish, amphibians, reptiles and birds, ending with mammals. There are species not found in other regions of the world, such as marsupials, giant Crocodylus porosus. Very important from the point of view of ecology, after last year’s fires, they inspired me to create an aquarium that, at least in part, reflects the beauty of this place.

Riparian zone

Trees near the aquatic habitat
Many - Castanospermum australe
Trees near the aquatic habitat
- Ficus benjamina
Trees near the aquatic habitat
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