The Bellinger Emydura: Challenges for Management

One objective of this study is to use DNA technologies to determine if the Bellinger River Emydura is sufficiently distinct to be regarded as a separate biological species demanding a formal description, or if not, if it is sufficiently distinct to be regarded as an Evolutionary Significant Unit (ESU), within the species Emydura macquarii, that warrants specific conservation attention.

A second objective of this study is to assess the likelihood of the Bellinger River population of Emydura macquarii having been introduced rather than naturally endemic.

This is the final report prepared by A. Georges, R. Walsh, R.J. Spencer, M. Welsh and H.B. Shaffer, Institute of Applied Ecology, University of Canberra, for the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, July 2007.

The full report is available for download on the Institute for Applied Ecology website via the link below.

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