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creekbed
2 Jan 2012
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they're called 'upside down creeks' because the water mainly runs underground in the long dry season (which is most of the year). The water table is critical to this area. I was surprised to learn that the Pilliga, despite it's 'limited fresh water habitats and a frequent scarcity of fresh water' is home to 5 species of freshwater crustaceans!

*Reference: Michael J Murphy A field survey of the decapod crustaceans (Malacostraca: Decapoda) of the Pilliga Scrub in northern inland New South Wales.

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