Conservation and management of hydromyine rodents in Victoria, Australia

Seebeck, John H., Wilson, Barbara A. and Menkhorst, Peter W. 2003, Conservation and management of hydromyine rodents in Victoria, Australia, in Rats, Mice and People : Rodent Biology and Management, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Canberra, A.C.T., pp. 89-94.

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Title Conservation and management of hydromyine rodents in Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Seebeck, John H.
Wilson, Barbara A.
Menkhorst, Peter W.
Conference name Rodent Biology and Management Conference (2nd : 2002 : Canberra, A.C.T.)
Conference location Canberra, A. C. T.
Conference dates 10-14 Feb. 2003
Title of proceedings Rats, Mice and People : Rodent Biology and Management
Editor(s) Singleton, Grant
Hinds, Lyn
Krebs, Charles
Splatt, Dave
Publication date 2003
Start page 89
End page 94
Total pages 6 p.
Publisher Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
Place of publication Canberra, A.C.T.
Summary Of the 15 species of native rodents recorded from Victoria, Australia, six became extinct within 70 years of European settlement, and two of the remaining nine are classified as ‘threatened’ and four are classified as ‘near threatened’. Thus, only three species are considered to be adequately conserved. This represents one of the most dramatic mammalian species declines recorded in Australia. All the threatened species belong to the subfamily Hydromyinae, the Australian ‘old endemics’. Of the extinct species, four were recorded only from the semi-arid north-west of the state and two from dry woodlands in the central and southern regions. The two  endangered species are the smoky mouse, which has a disjunct distribution from near-coastal to sub-alpine habitats, and the New Holland mouse, which is the most geographically restricted species. Discovered in Victoria only in 1970, it has become extinct at several locations and is the subject of a major recovery program that includes captive breeding and reintroduction. Conservation protocols and practices for Victoria’s native rodents are implemented under state legislation, but lack of basic ecological information makes their conservation a difficult task.
ISBN 1863203567
Language eng
Field of Research 050299 Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
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