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The encounter 2002 expedition to the Isles of St Francis, South Australia: Vertebrate fauna


Robinson, AC and Armstrong, DM and Armstrong, GP and Dalzell, B and Canty, PB and McDowell, M and Hall, L-M, The encounter 2002 expedition to the Isles of St Francis, South Australia: Vertebrate fauna, Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 127, (2) pp. 129-139. ISSN 0372-1426 (2003) [Refereed Article]

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The vertebrate fauna of the Isles of St Francis includes eight native and one introduced mammal, thirty native and one introduced bird and nineteen native reptiles. The terrestrial vertebrate ecosystem is dependent on the annual nesting of thousands of Short-tailed Shearwaters. A population of Carpet Pythons at a density of 1.5 per hectare occurs on St Francis Island and data from a mark-recapture study between 1988 and 2002 is presented. Counts of both Australian Sea-lion and New Zealand Fur-seal populations indicate a previously unrecorded breeding colony of the former on Masillon Island and a possible population expansion in the latter since the first counts in the early 1980's

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Isles of St Francis, vertebrates, animal plant species, pythons, seals, shearwaters, South Australia
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Terrestrial ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:McDowell, M (Dr Matthew McDowell)
ID Code:132414
Year Published:2003
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2019-05-07
Last Modified:2019-06-12

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