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General Information

Description Lake Albacutya is subject to a unique hydrologic cycle: it receives water about every 20 years, in exceptionally wet years, then dries up in about four years. The longest dry period on record is 27 years, from 1929 - 1956. It has been dry since 1995. Eucalyptus woodlands fringe the lake. The lake appears in Aboriginal mythology.
Country Australia
Latitude -35° 46' 0" (-35.7667)
Longitude 141° 58' 0" (141.9667)

Physical Characteristics

Description Albacutya is adjacent to the Big Desert Dune System. It is a terminal lake.
Type Intermittent


Economic Value In wet years Albacutya Lake is used for recreational boating, fishing and shooting. It supports an important commercial fishery.
Major Cities

Watershed Management

Invasive Species Limited Impact
Other Issues Irrigation

Biodiversity Conservation

Description In flood years over 20,000 waterbirds gather, including Stictonetta naevosa. The area supports several bird and plant species that are endangered, rare or vulnerable. When flooded, it supports large numbers of ducks and Banded Stilts.
Designations LakeNet Biodiversity Priority
Ramsar Site
Ramsar Site Name Lake Albacutya
Ramsar Designations 5, 6
Species of Concern Freckled Duck (Sictonetta naevosa)

Freshwater Catfish (Tandanus tandanus)

Fine-hairy Spear grass (Austrostipa puberula)

Invasive Species Level Present



Australia Government Wetlands Website
Biodiversity Conservation of the World's Lakes: A Preliminary Framework for Identifying Priorities

Additional Data Sources

Duker, L. and L. Borre. 2001. Biodiversity conservation of the world's lakes: a preliminary framework for identifying priorities. LakeNet Report Series Number 2. Annapolis, Maryland USA.
Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The List of Wetlands of International Importance.

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