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Status and ecology of Pseudomys shortridgei in Western Australia

Cancilla, D., Johnson, B., Garkaklis, M., Morris, K., Wilson, B. and Hardy, G. (2004) Status and ecology of Pseudomys shortridgei in Western Australia. In: 50th Australian Mammal Society Meeting, 5 - 8 July, Tanunda, South Australia.


Although there are secure populations of Heath Mice (P. shortridgei) in Western Victoria, it was presumed extinct in WA until 1987. Consequently, it is the only native rodent species in W A without a management plan. Several studies have already been completed looking at the ecology and biology of this native rodent in Victoria, but differences in the age of preferred habitat, and the scarcity of information on this rodent in W A have lead to the creation of this project. This intensive ecological and biological study on heath mice in Western Australia is planned to improve the information available on this threatened species with a view to develop a management plan that will provide conservation departments and industry with tools to help protect another of Australia's threatened species.

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Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
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