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Rapid decline in detections of the Tasmanian bettong (Bettongia gaimardi) following local incursion of feral cats (Felis catus)

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Fancourt, BA, Rapid decline in detections of the Tasmanian bettong (Bettongia gaimardi) following local incursion of feral cats (Felis catus), Australian Mammalogy, 36, (2) pp. 247-253. ISSN 0310-0049 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Australian Mammal Society

DOI: doi:10.1071/AM14004

Abstract

An abrupt decline in the number of Tasmanian bettongs (Bettongia gaimardi) was observed as part of a study investigating population declines in the eastern quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus). Seven remote camera surveys were undertaken at a monitoring site between February 2012 and October 2013. An 11% reduction in bettong detections was observed immediately following the first appearance of feral cats (Felis catus) (at least three individuals) at the site. Within four months, bettong detections had fallen by 58% and by 100% within six months. No bettongs were detected in subsequent surveys undertaken 10, 12 and 16 months after cats were first observed. Cat predation and toxoplasmosis are discussed as mechanisms possibly responsible for the local disappearance of bettongs from this site, together with implications for the future management and conservation of the species.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:eastern bettong, eastern rat-kangaroo, predation, Toxoplasma gondii, toxoplasmosis
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Population Ecology
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Ecosystem Assessment and Management
Objective Field:Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales
Author:Fancourt, BA (Miss Bronwyn Fancourt)
ID Code:95961
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2014-10-13
Last Modified:2017-10-31
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