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Mammals of the Upper Henty River Region, Western Tasmania


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

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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
Authors/Creators:Taylor, RJ and Bryant, SL and Pemberton, D and Norton, TW
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
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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