Dasyurid dilemmas: problems and solutions for conserving Australia's small carnivorous marsupials

Wilson, Barbara, Dickman, Chris and Fletcher, Terry 2003, Dasyurid dilemmas: problems and solutions for conserving Australia's small carnivorous marsupials. In Jones, Menna, Dickman, Chris and Archer, Mike (ed), Predators with pouches: the biology of carnivorous marsupials, CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Vic., pp.407-421.

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Title Dasyurid dilemmas: problems and solutions for conserving Australia's small carnivorous marsupials
Author(s) Wilson, Barbara
Dickman, Chris
Fletcher, Terry
Title of book Predators with pouches: the biology of carnivorous marsupials
Editor(s) Jones, Menna
Dickman, Chris
Archer, Mike
Publication date 2003
Chapter number 28
Total chapters 33
Start page 407
End page 421
Total pages 15
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Place of Publication Collingwood, Vic.
Summary Dasyurid marsupials are distributed throughout the major terrestrial environments of Australia but since European settlement have suffered local and regional extinctions, range reductions and population declines. In this paper we examine the conservation status of small dasyurids (<500 g) and the threats they face. We also evaluate recovery procedures for threatened taxa and assess their success. Twenty-four percent of smaller dasyurids are classified as vulnerable, endangered or data deficient. Large body size and occupancy of one or two habitat types are correlated strongly with  endangerment species currently considered as 'low risk, near threatened' group closely with vulnerable and endangered species, indicating a risk of further declines. The processes contributing most to declines include habitat loss and fragmentation, altered fire regimes and predation. As of April 200 I, no Recovery Plans had been adopted by the Commonwealth Govemment for any small dasyund species. There is much information on the reproduction and development of smaller dasyurids, making them suitable for captive breeding. However, captive breeding programs have been limited. the  dibbler Paranrechinus apicalis being the only species bred systematically for reintroductions. There is a need for integration between captive breeding programs and recovery planning. as well as for more information on the population viability and metapopulation structures of small dasyurids genetic diversity of populations and inbreeding depression. We suggest a program of survey. research. management and education to Improve conservation outcomes for all small dasyurids.
ISBN 0643066349
Language eng
Field of Research 050299 Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 0 Not Applicable
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
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