Pond life worth preserving

Microscopic animals that live in the temporary pools of the River Murray floodplain are an important but poorly understood part of the river ecosystem. Large, predatory microfauna, such as Boeckella major, are now known to play a significant role in the composition and biodiversity of individual pool communities. Conservation of these habitats is essential to maintain this biodiversity and the food source it represents to fish and other aquatic fauna during times of flood.

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