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Mammals of the Upper Henty River Region, Western Tasmania

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Taylor, RJ and Bryant, SL and Pemberton, D and Norton, TW (1985) Mammals of the Upper Henty River Region, Western Tasmania. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 119. pp. 7-14. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

A mammal survey was conducted in the Upper Henty River Region in western Tasmania. The area had been subject to much disturbance from mining, forestry and frequent fires and was covered by a maze of roads and tracks. Nineteen native species (including bats) were recorded. Four of the species listed in 1983 as occurring in the Lower Gordon Region, 80 km south ofthe present study area, were not recorded during our survey. It is considered that three of these species would probably have been found in the area with further searching. The fourth species, Mastacomysfuscus, is thought not to be present due to increased fire frequency in the sedgeland areas compared with the Lower Gordon Region. Potorous tridactylus is recorded for the first time from rainforest. Microhabitat selection by Rattus lutreolus and Pseudomys higginsi differed from that previously reported. Disturbance from road construction led to the creation ofa new food source for Thylogale billardierii. The abundance of tracks in the area increased ease of movement for carnivorous mammals. Only one introduced species Felis catus, which is also known to occur in the Lower Gordon, was recorded. Disturbance had thus not led to an invasion of exotics.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 7-14
ISSN: 0080-4703
Additional Information: Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania
Date Deposited: 24 May 2012 04:29
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:35
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/13920
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