Lepilaena australis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Liliopsida Alismatales Potamogetonaceae

Scientific Name: Lepilaena australis J.Drumm. ex Harv.
Common Name(s):
English Species code: La

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2007-10-23
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Short, F.T.
Reviewer(s): Livingstone, S., Harwell, H. & Carpenter, K.E.
There is little known about this species and it is only known from a few records. More research is needed. It is listed as Data Deficient.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Lepilaena australis is endemic to Australia and occurs from Perth, Western Australia along the southern coast including coastal marine lagoons and some inland saline lakes to Mackay, Queensland.
Countries occurrence:
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – eastern; Pacific – southwest; Pacific – western central
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):1
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:Lepilaena australis can be locally common. No population trends are known.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Lepilaena australis is often found growing with other seagrasses in estuarine environments, such as Zostera muellerii, Halophila ovalis and Ruppia spp.

This species occurs in muddy sandy substrates predominantly in estuaries and also in coastal marine lagoons and some inland saline lakes.
Systems:Freshwater; Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Threats to this species include urban development and general coastal infill such as land reclamation.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known conservation actions documented for the species, but more research is needed on population size and distribution, life history, ecology, and potential threats.

Classifications [top]

5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.14. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Saline, Brackish or Alkaline Lakes
9. Marine Neritic -> 9.5. Marine Neritic - Subtidal Sandy-Mud
9. Marine Neritic -> 9.6. Marine Neritic - Subtidal Muddy
9. Marine Neritic -> 9.9. Marine Neritic - Seagrass (Submerged)
9. Marine Neritic -> 9.10. Marine Neritic - Estuaries

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
1. Residential & commercial development -> 1.1. Housing & urban areas
♦ timing:Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.2. Ecosystem degradation
  • 2. Species Stresses -> 2.2. Species disturbance

1. Residential & commercial development -> 1.2. Commercial & industrial areas
♦ timing:Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.2. Ecosystem degradation
  • 2. Species Stresses -> 2.2. Species disturbance

7. Natural system modifications -> 7.3. Other ecosystem modifications
♦ timing:Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.2. Ecosystem degradation
  • 2. Species Stresses -> 2.2. Species disturbance

1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends
1. Research -> 1.3. Life history & ecology
1. Research -> 1.5. Threats

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2010.3). Available at: http://www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 2 September 2010).

Citation: Short, F.T. 2010. Lepilaena australis. In: . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T173353A6997857. . Downloaded on 21 August 2018.
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