Sand Mallee Communities: Ecological Asset 6

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Description

Mallee is the dominant vegetation type on Eyre Peninsula, and there is a wide variety of mallee communities and associations.

This ecological asset refers to Eucalyptus species growing in sandy or sand based soils, rather than limestone mallee which has been considered seperately. Good examples of sand mallee systems exist within Hincks and Hambidge Wilderness Protection Areas.

Eyre Peninsula is home to over 30 species of mallee, 4 of which are endemic, meaning that they are found on Eyre Peninsula and nowhere else in the world.

WildEyre aims to protect, enhance and restore sand mallee communities within the project area through a variety of revegetation, erosion control, fencing and weed control.

asset5-malleeThreatened or Important Species

  • Ridge fruited Mallee (E. incrassata)
  • Scrub Cypress Pine (Callitris verrucosa)
  • Broombush (Melaleuca uncinata)
  • Spinifex (Triodia spp)
  • Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata)
  • Red-lored Whistler (Pachycephala rufogularis)
  • Greater Long-eared Bat (Nyctophilus timoriensis)

Potential threats to Sand Mallee Communities

  • Historical Land Clearance
  • Habitat Fragmentation
  • Introduced Stock
  • Overabundant native herbivore grazing
  • Weed invasion

 

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