To outline steps in the invertebrate threated species conservation process and highlight areas that are currently inhibiting invertebrate conservation.
Type of Study:
Invertebrates are disadvantaged within the EPBC Act, because unlike the IUCN act there is no Data Deficient category. This is problematic because of an estimated 320,500 invertebrate species in Australia, only 98,700 (c. 30%) have been described, and of the species described, a substantial proportion are lacking data related to spatial distributions and geographical range, abundance of populations, and basic ecological knowledge (e.g. critical habitats). Another failing of the EPBC listing framework is that it does not include criteria for species with ‘restricted area of occupancy and under threat’ which is highly relevant to many short range endemic invertebrate species. Only one Action Plan has been prepared for an invertebrate group (butterflys) in the last 16 years, and Recovery plans only exist for a few iconic species (butterflys).
Braby M. F. (2018) Threatened species conservation of invertebrates in Australia: an overview. Austral Entomol. 57, 173-181.