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Successful reintroduction of red-tailed phascogale to Wadderin Sanctuary in the eastern wheatbelt of Western Australia

Short, J. and Hide, A. (2015) Successful reintroduction of red-tailed phascogale to Wadderin Sanctuary in the eastern wheatbelt of Western Australia. Australian Mammalogy, 37 (2). pp. 234-244.

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Abstract

Red-tailed phascogales (Phascogale calura) were reintroduced to Wadderin Sanctuary in the eastern wheatbelt of Western Australia in April 2009 with individuals sourced from remnant native vegetation on farmland some 180 km to the west. Their establishment was monitored initially by radio-telemetry and trapping, and subsequently by the checking of nest boxes both within and outside the sanctuary. Translocated phascogales established well and bred successfully in their first season. Phascogales remain extant at Wadderin more than five years after release and appear to be abundant and to occupy all available habitat. They have spread beyond the fenced sanctuary to adjoining woodland and to shrubland and woodland habitat in a remnant 1.4 km away. Comparison with two other reintroductions of this species (one apparently successful, one not) suggests management and habitat factors that may have contributed to the outcomes.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: Australian Mammal Society Inc.
Copyright: © Australian Mammal Society 2015
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/27864
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