Lepilaena australis 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Liliopsida Najadales Potamogetonaceae

Scientific Name: Lepilaena australis
Species Authority: 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
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
Lower depth limit (metres): 1
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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.

Citation: Short, F.T. 2010. Lepilaena australis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T173353A6997857. . Downloaded on 25 November 2015.
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