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Mammal assemblages in Boonanarring Nature Reserve, Dandaragan Plateau, Western Australia from 1986 and 2012

Moore, T.L., Burbidge, A.H., Sonneman, T. and Wilson, B.A. (2016) Mammal assemblages in Boonanarring Nature Reserve, Dandaragan Plateau, Western Australia from 1986 and 2012. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 99 (1). pp. 1-8.

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Abstract

Of particular importance is the evidence that no small mammal species have been lost from the reserve in the last 26 years; Pseudomys albocinereus, Tarsipes rostratus and Sminthopsis (sp)p. were recorded in both years’ surveys. Records of P. albocinereus in this study are significant as they confirm the persistence of the species on the Dandaragan Plateau, whereas on the adjacent Swan Coastal Plain the species has not been recorded since 1987.

Overall, the persistence of small mammals in this reserve, unlike the nearby reserves on the Swan Coastal Plain (SCP), could be attributed to the mix of vegetation types within the reserve and the larger size of Boonanarring Nature Reserve. However, deficiencies in the monitoring programme were identified. There is a need to improve the long-term monitoring of small mammals within the BNR with long-term, repeat-measures, analysis and reporting.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: Royal Society of Western Australia
Copyright: © Royal Society of Western Australia 2016
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/31708
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