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Conservation of marsupial carnivores

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Jones, M, Conservation of marsupial carnivores, The Secret Lives of Carnivorous Marsupials, CSIRO Publishing, A Baker, C Dickman (ed), 195 Wellington Road, Clayton VIC 3168, pp. 1-2. ISBN 99-9055-945-7 (In Press) [Research Book Chapter]


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Abstract

The global stronghold for the flesh-eating carnivorous marsupials is the 165km2 island of Tasmania, which supports three species living together: the Tasmanian devil and the spotted-tailed and eastern quolls. Elsewhere, there are three further species of quolls distributed across mainland Australia, two quolls in New Guinea and three largely carnivorous species in South America. All extant species are mid-sized; the large marsupial carnivores, the Australian thylacine and the borhyaenids and sabretooths of South America, are lost to extinction. The marsupial and placental carnivores that evolved in southern and northern continents are a classic case of convergence in body form and ecological niche. Both radiations produced dog-like carnivores (Australian thylacinids), cat-like (the marsupial lions: Thylacoleonids in Australia and the sabretooth Thylacosmilus in South America), hyaena-like bone-eaters (the Tasmanian devil), small elongated carnivores (the quolls in Australia) and bear-like (giant rat kangaroos, Propreolepus).

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:conservation, carnivorous marsupials
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Conservation and Biodiversity
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Objective Field:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales
Author:Jones, M (Associate Professor Menna Jones)
ID Code:116779
Year Published:In Press
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (FT100100250)
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2017-05-19
Last Modified:2018-02-13
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