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Eighteen invertebrate species, all butterflies, are listed in schedules of threatened species under Queensland’s Nature Conservation Act 1992. The Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulation 1992 recommends recovery planning as part of threatened species management and is being implemented for one butterfly species. The development of more comprehensive lists may highlight the magnitude of the invertebrate conservation problem. Invertebrate conservation may also be addressed through habitat reservation. Protected areas cover 3.7% of Queensland. One third of regional ecosystems are not reserved, and 13% are adequately reserved. A combination of off-reserve conservation and continuing acquisition is needed to develop a comprehensive reserve system.

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