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Type: Journal article
Title: Trial translocation of the numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus) into arid Australia
Author: Bester, Adam J.
Rusten, Karen
Citation: Australian Mammalogy, 2009; 31(1):9-16
Publisher: Australian Mammal Society Inc
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 0310-0049
School/Discipline: School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
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Adam J. Bester and Karen Rusten
Abstract: Five numbats (Myrmecobius fasciatus) were transferred into the Arid Recovery Reserve in November 2005 as part of a trial to investigate the suitability of the reserve for a full-scale reintroduction of M. fasciatus. Mean home ranges in this study were 67 ha in summer and 25 ha in autumn/winter. This is similar to home ranges of M. fasciatus at other locations. M. fasciatus used burrows despite available log habitat and were active in air temperatures of 21-30°C and soil temperatures of 21-42°C during the autumn/winter period. M. fasciatus used ‘mulga’, ‘sanddune vegetation’, ‘bullock bush’ and ‘cypress pine’ more often than ‘saltbush/bluebush’ and other available habitats. They were also found more extensively on ‘dunes’ or ‘sand plain’ landforms than on ‘swales’. Two males were still alive 18 months after release; the other three were taken by an unknown bird of prey. We suggest that another trial be undertaken with a larger sample size to determine whether females are able to wean young and whether Arid Recovery is able to sustain a viable population of M. fasciatus.
Keywords: habitat use
Description: © Australian Mammal Society 2009 © CSIRO 2009
DOI: 10.1071/AM08104
Appears in Collections:Earth and Environmental Sciences publications

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