Significant and priority species (plants & animals)

KoalaMoreton Bay is a region of divergent natural landscapes that support a superb variety of plants, animals and ecosystems.

The region forms part of a recognised biodiversity 'hot spot' of significant habitats including mountain and lowland sub-tropical rainforest, wet and dry eucalypt-dominant forest, rocky outcrops, wetland and coastal ecosystems and ecological transition zones. 

These habitats once supported an extraordinary abundance of insects, reptiles, fish and aquatic animals, amphibians, birds, mammals.

Land-use change associated with strong population growth is causing habitat loss, habitat fragmentation and environmental degradation. This places great pressure on native animals and plants and in some cases reduces their ability to thrive or even survive.

Significant species

Around 757 native animal species have been recorded in Moreton Bay region. Those of conservation significance include the Richmond Bird-wing Butterfly, the Grey-headed Flying Fox, the Spotted-tailed Quoll and the koala.

Classification Recorded in the
Moreton Bay region
Conservation Significance
Mammals 84 7
Birds 398 21
Reptiles 97 4
Amphibians 37 7
Fish 32 2
Invertebrates 109 3
Plants 2344 30
Data provided by Wildnet Database Wetland Info Service, Qld Government Department of Environment and Resource Management, as at April 2011. Conservation species recognised by Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Qld) and associated Regulation, and Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999 (Cth).

A multitude of native plant species occur in Moreton Bay region. Native plants provide food and shelter for native animals and form unique communities which shape the region's diverse ecosystems. Approximately 2344 species of plants and fungi have been recorded here; and 30 of those are listed as endangered, vulnerable or near threatened.

Priority species program

Moreton Bay Regional Council has commissioned a report to review locally occurring flora and fauna species of special significance which require priority conservation planning.  

The Priority Species of the Moreton Bay Region report contains detailed information for each of the top 118 flora and fauna species including species description, preferred habitat, feeding, breeding, known distribution and current conservation status.

The report also identifies threats to the survival of these species in Moreton Bay and contains recommendations for their conservation.

Find out more

A list of species for the Moreton Bay region is available from Wildlife and ecosystems (link opens in new window)

Further information about the plants, animals, wetland areas and protected areas found in the Moreton Bay Region can be found on the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection Wetland Info website.

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