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Mammals of Tasman Peninsula and their interaction with Europeans

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Taylor, RJ (1986) Mammals of Tasman Peninsula and their interaction with Europeans. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, Tasman. pp. 81-88. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

Twenty-eight species of terrestrial native mammals occur on Tasman Peninsula. This represents 82% of the total number recorded for Tasmania, which is extremely high given the small area and insular nature of the peninsula. The range of habitats present (ie. both wet and dry forests, heaths and coastal lagoons) is probably the main reason for this high diversity of mammals. Because of high relief, clearing of land has created a mosaic of habitats. The large area of ecotone between forest and pasture has benefited the larger herbivores. Populations of the larger carnivores, the Tasmanian devil and the eastern quoll, have been dramatically reduced probably as a result of eradication campaigns. The insular nature of the peninsular may have helped to ensure that the carnivore population remains low. Of the marine mammals, one species of seal, the Australian fur seal, is resident in waters off the peninsula and two other species are occasional visitors. Nine species of cetaceans have been recorded stranded on beaches around the peninsula, with Eaglehawk Neck having the greatest number.

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. 81-88
ISSN: 0080-4703
Additional Information: Edited by S.J. Smith. - Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2012 04:57
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:39
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/14621
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