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Australia's surviving marsupial carnivores: threats and conservation


Jones, ME and Burnett, S and Claridge, A and Fancourt, B and Kortner, G and Morris, K and Peacock, D and Troy, S and Woinarski, J, Australia's surviving marsupial carnivores: threats and conservation, Carnivores of Australia: Past, Present and Future, CSIRO Publishing, AS Glen, CR Dickman (ed), Collingwood, Australia, pp. 201-246. ISBN 9780643103108 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]


Australia has the world’s most diverse fauna of marsupial carnivores–those species whose diet comprises a significant amount of vertebrate prey. All species – the Tasmanian devil and four species of quolls – have threatened status and have declined in distribution and/or abundance; three species (devil, eastern and northern quolls) with severe declines in the last decade. Threats are multiple, and include complex interactions between habitat change and introduced predators. Infectious disease is the major factor threatening the devil with extinction, and may interact with other factors for quolls. Large-scale ecological restoration of entire faunas, in which the ecological functionality of apex predators is reinstated, is an important goal for conservation management. For marsupial carnivores, this will require a combination of in situ and ex situ strategies, including broad-scale control of introduced predators and disease combined with captive breeding where needed, translocations and fenced sanctuaries and islands.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:marsupial carnivores, conservation, Australia
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial biodiversity
UTAS Author:Jones, ME (Professor Menna Jones)
UTAS Author:Fancourt, B (Miss Bronwyn Fancourt)
UTAS Author:Troy, S (Ms Shannon Troy)
ID Code:92943
Year Published:2014
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (FT100100250)
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2014-07-02
Last Modified:2018-04-04

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