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The Biogeography of the Australian North West Shelf

Environmental Change and Life's Response

The Biogeography of the Australian North West Shelf provides the first assembly of existing information of the North West Shelf in terms of geological, oceanographic and climatological history and current understanding of such issues as biodiversity, connectivity, larval dispersal and speciation in the sea that determine the distribution patterns of its invertebrate fauna. It is intended as a source of information and ideas on the biota of the shelf and its evolutionary origins and affinities and the environmental drivers of species’ ecology and distribution and ecosystem function.

Regulators and industry environmental managers worldwide, but especially on the resource-rich North West Shelf, are faced with having to make decisions without adequate information or understanding of conservation values or the factors that drive ecosystem processes and resilience in the face of increasing anthropogenic and natural change. This book will provide a resource of information and ideas and extensive references to issues of primary concern. It will provide a big-picture narrative, putting the marine biota into a geological, evolutionary, and regional biodiversity context.


Marine science researchers, environmental and resource managers, regulators, and consultants

Hardbound, 640 Pages

Published: July 2013

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-12-409516-8


  • Chapter 1: Introduction

    Chapter 2: The Contemporary Physical Environment

    Chapter 3: Major Coastal and Offshore Habitats and their Invertebrate Communities

         3.1: Rocky Shores

         3.2: Coral Reefs of the North West Shelf

         3.3: Mangrove Habitat and Associated Fauna

         3.4: Habitats and Biotic Assemblages of Intertidal Sandy and Muddy Shores

         3.5: Benthic Shelf and Slope Habitats

    Chapter 4: Biodiversity and Distribution Patterns of North West Shelf

    Chapter 5: Reef and Benthic Invertebrate Fauna


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