By Brad Pusey

Joint winner of the 2005 Whitley Medal. Freshwater Fishes of North-Eastern Australia offers info of the ecology, systematics, biogeography and administration of seventy nine species of local fish found in the zone. It comprises targeted info on their id, evolutionary historical past, breeding biology, feeding ecology, circulation styles, macro-, meso- and micro-habitat use, water caliber tolerances, conservation prestige and present threats, in addition to environmental movement and administration wishes. in keeping with the result of huge box surveys and a accomplished evaluation of latest literature, it really is designed to aid environmental practitioners and executives to make knowledgeable judgements approximately destiny administration suggestions. it is going to additionally inspire a better learn attempt into the region’s aquatic fauna via delivering a complete source that allows different researchers to undertake a extra quantitative and strategic framework for his or her study.

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Figure 3 illustrates some aspects of the climatic diversity present in north-eastern Australia. The climate of eastern Cape York Peninsula is typified by rainfall and temperature data recorded at the township of Coen. Mean monthly maximum temperatures rarely fall below 28°C and mean monthly minima drop below 20°C only during the period June to September. Very little rainfall occurs over the period April to November. The period of greatest rainfall is related to the development of the southern monsoonal trough and most occurs in association with the passage of tropical cyclonic weather systems.

500 Cairns 30 400 25 5 35 200 15 100 0 Ayr 30 500 400 25 100 10 5 35 500 Gympie 30 400 100 10 35 0 Beaudesert 30 500 400 300 20 200 2 0 200 0 15 15 100 200 15 300 20 10 300 25 25 15 400 5 0 300 20 500 20 200 10 30 300 20 15 Atherton 25 300 20 35 100 10 ™ 100 10 ™ ™ 5 0 Month 5 0 Month 5 0 Month Figure 3. Plots of mean daily minimum temperature (closed squares), mean daily maximum temperature (open squares) and mean monthly rainfall (open circles) for each month at selected locations in eastern Queensland.

This region contains Queensland’s two highest mountains (Mts. Bartle Frere and Bellenden Kerr, both exceeding 1500 m in height) and is notable for being the wettest region in Australia [27]. Although rainfall is basically seasonal in occurrence, there is little seasonal signal in the number of rain days per month [27]. The North-east Coast Division (Figs. 1 and 2) extends through more than 18° of latitude. Accordingly, there is an enormous diversity of climate, flow regime, landform and river type across this gradient.

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