Biodiversity

Australia's Biodiversity

Australia is biologically rich and diverse. One of only 17 countries in the world classified as biologically megadiverse, its biodiversity is globally important and remarkable.

 

You can explore Australia's biodiversity using the chart below. The size of each block is proportional to the estimated numbers of species in different groups of organisms (also given as a percentage). The dark section of the pie chart shows the proportion of the estimated species in the group that have not yet been named. 

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Australia is biologically rich and diverse. One of only 17 countries in the world classified as biologically megadiverse, its biodiversity is globally important and remarkable.

 

You can explore Australia's biodiversity using the chart below. The size of each block is proportional to the estimated numbers of species in different groups of organisms (also given as a percentage). The dark section of the pie chart shows the proportion of the estimated species in the group that have not yet been named. 

Hover over the details to learn more.

Numbers in this chart are derived from this publication by the Australian Biological Resources Study, updated by taxonomist Gerry Cassis and colleagues in a chapter in this book.

Note that some numbers are very uncertain, particularly for hyperdiverse but poorly known groups such as bacteria, nematodes and fungi.

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