Temperate Freshwater
(wetlands, lakes & rivers)

The freshwater wetlands, lakes and rivers of temperate southern Australia...

For the page on plants of the Temperate Freshwater wetlands of Australia

(Nonralup, Western Australia)

Class Insecta

Order Diptera

Family Culicidae: Mosquitoes

There are some 3,600 species of mosquito. The females take blood from other animals to provide for their young. Several species can take human blood, and during piercing and feeding, they may pass pathogens to their host, with the result that mosquitoes can transmit deadly diseases to humans. As they can not function below about 10 degrees, it is only in the warmer times of the years when they increase in numbers around the freshwater wetlands of southern Australia.

(Lake Muir, W.A)

Order Anura: Frogs

 Ranoidea moorei, 'Motorbike Frog'. Endemic to south-west Australia.

For the page on the birds of the temperate freshwater wetlands of Australia

(Lloyd Jones weir)

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