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Australia signed the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, and Federal, State and Territory governments have accepted the need to conserve and manage Australia's unique biodiversity. It is argued that high priority is given to protecting vertebrates, while invertebrates, which constitute the majority of the fauna, are neglected. In part this is because the invertebrate fauna is largely undescribed. Funds for correcting this anamoly are declining, with fewer taxonomists available to do the work. While in principle governments support the need to document and manage Australia's biodiversity, this rarely translates into adequate funding. With climate change threatening Australia's biodiversity, the need for adequate funding for the conservation of Australia's invertebrates is more critical than ever.

Day, J.C., Fernandes, L., Lewis, A., De'ath, G., Slegers, S., Barnett, B., Kerrigan, B., Breen, D., Innes, Oliver, J., Ward, T.J & Lowe, D., 2003. The Representative Areas Program for protecting biodiversity in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Proc. 9th Int. Coral Reef Symp., Bali, Indonesia, October 2000, Vol 2: 687-96.
Dickman, C., Hutchings, P.A., & Lunney, D., 2004. Threatened species legislation: just one act in the play. Pp 189-192. Threatened Species Legislation: is it just an Act, edited by P. Hutchings, D. Lunney and C. Dickman. Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Mosman, NSW, Australia.
FASTS 2008. Proceedings of the National Taxonomy Forum, held at the Australian Museum October 2007.
Fernandes, L, Day, J., Lewis, A., Slegers, S., Kerrigan, B., Breen, D Cameron, D., Jago, B., Hall, J., Lowe, D., Innes, J., Tanzer, J., Chadwick, V., Thompson, L., Gorman, K., Simmons, M., Barnett, B., Sampson, K., De'ath, G., Mapstone, B., Marsh, H., Possingham, H., Ball, I., Ward, T., Dobbs, K., Aumend, J., Slater, D., and Stapleton, K. 2005. Establishing Representative No-Take Areas in the Great Barrier Reef: Large-Scale Implementation of Theory on Marine Protected Areas. Conservation Biology 19(6): 1733-1744.
Ford, E., and Hutchings, P.A. 2005. An analysis of morphological characters of Owenia useful to distinguish species: description of three new species of Owenia (Oweniidae: Polychaeta) from Australian waters. Marine Ecology 26: 181-196.
Hutchings, P.A., and Peart, R. 2000. A revision of the Australian Trichobranchidae (Polychaeta). Invertebrate Taxonomy 14(2): 225-272.
Joseph, L.N., Maloney, R.F., and Possingham, H.F., 2009. Optimal Allocation of Resources among Threatened Species: a Project Prioritization Protocol. Conservation Biology 23(2): 2328-338.
Leis., J., Gomon, M., and Larson. H. 2007. Australian Fish taxonomists-an endangered species. AMSA Bulletin 176, Spring 2007: 32-33.
McDonald-Madden, E., Probert, W.J.M., Hauser, C. E., Runge, M.C., Possingham, H.P., Jones, M.E., Moore, J.L., Rout, T.M., P. A. Vesk, P.A., and Wintle, B.A. 2010. Active adaptive conservation of threatened species in the face of uncertainty. Ecological Applications 20(5): 1476-1489.
Majer, J.D., Recher, H.F., and Postle, A.C., 1994. Comparison of arthropod species richness in eastern and western Australian canopies, a contribution to the species number debate. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 36: 121-131.
Ponder, W. and Lunney, D.(eds). 1999. The Other 99%. The Conservation and Biodiversity of Invertebrates. Transactions of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales. 454 pp.
Shokri, M.R., Gladstone, W., Kepert, A. 2009. Annelids as surrogate taxa for selecting conservation reserves in estuaries. Biodiversity and Conservation 18:1117-1130
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Day, J.C., Fernandes, L., Lewis, A., De'ath, G., Slegers, S., Barnett, B., Kerrigan, B., Breen, D., Innes, Oliver, J., Ward, T.J & Lowe, D., 2003. The Representative Areas Program for protecting biodiversity in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Proc. 9th Int. Coral Reef Symp., Bali, Indonesia, October 2000, Vol 2: 687-96.
Dickman, C., Hutchings, P.A., & Lunney, D., 2004. Threatened species legislation: just one act in the play. Pp 189-192. Threatened Species Legislation: is it just an Act, edited by P. Hutchings, D. Lunney and C. Dickman. Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Mosman, NSW, Australia.
FASTS 2008. Proceedings of the National Taxonomy Forum, held at the Australian Museum October 2007.
Fernandes, L, Day, J., Lewis, A., Slegers, S., Kerrigan, B., Breen, D Cameron, D., Jago, B., Hall, J., Lowe, D., Innes, J., Tanzer, J., Chadwick, V., Thompson, L., Gorman, K., Simmons, M., Barnett, B., Sampson, K., De'ath, G., Mapstone, B., Marsh, H., Possingham, H., Ball, I., Ward, T., Dobbs, K., Aumend, J., Slater, D., and Stapleton, K. 2005. Establishing Representative No-Take Areas in the Great Barrier Reef: Large-Scale Implementation of Theory on Marine Protected Areas. Conservation Biology 19(6): 1733-1744.
Ford, E., and Hutchings, P.A. 2005. An analysis of morphological characters of Owenia useful to distinguish species: description of three new species of Owenia (Oweniidae: Polychaeta) from Australian waters. Marine Ecology 26: 181-196.
Hutchings, P.A., and Peart, R. 2000. A revision of the Australian Trichobranchidae (Polychaeta). Invertebrate Taxonomy 14(2): 225-272.
Joseph, L.N., Maloney, R.F., and Possingham, H.F., 2009. Optimal Allocation of Resources among Threatened Species: a Project Prioritization Protocol. Conservation Biology 23(2): 2328-338.
Leis., J., Gomon, M., and Larson. H. 2007. Australian Fish taxonomists-an endangered species. AMSA Bulletin 176, Spring 2007: 32-33.
McDonald-Madden, E., Probert, W.J.M., Hauser, C. E., Runge, M.C., Possingham, H.P., Jones, M.E., Moore, J.L., Rout, T.M., P. A. Vesk, P.A., and Wintle, B.A. 2010. Active adaptive conservation of threatened species in the face of uncertainty. Ecological Applications 20(5): 1476-1489.
Majer, J.D., Recher, H.F., and Postle, A.C., 1994. Comparison of arthropod species richness in eastern and western Australian canopies, a contribution to the species number debate. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 36: 121-131.
Ponder, W. and Lunney, D.(eds). 1999. The Other 99%. The Conservation and Biodiversity of Invertebrates. Transactions of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales. 454 pp.
Shokri, M.R., Gladstone, W., Kepert, A. 2009. Annelids as surrogate taxa for selecting conservation reserves in estuaries. Biodiversity and Conservation 18:1117-1130
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