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Habitat requirements of the yellow-footed antechinus (Antechinus flavipes) in box–ironbark forest, Victoria, Australia

Kelly, Luke T. and Bennett, Andrew F. 2008, Habitat requirements of the yellow-footed antechinus (Antechinus flavipes) in box–ironbark forest, Victoria, Australia, Wildlife research, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 128-133, doi: 10.1071/WR07088.

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Title Habitat requirements of the yellow-footed antechinus (Antechinus flavipes) in box–ironbark forest, Victoria, Australia
Formatted title Habitat requirements of the yellow-footed antechinus (Antechinus flavipes) in box–ironbark forest, Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Kelly, Luke T.
Bennett, Andrew F.
Journal name Wildlife research
Volume number 35
Issue number 2
Start page 128
End page 133
Total pages 6
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Place of publication Collingwood, Vic.
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1035-3712
1448-5494
Summary Understanding the habitat requirements of a species is critical for effective conservation-based management. In this study, we investigated the influence of forest structure on the distribution of the yellow-footed antechinus (Antechinus flavipes), a small dasyurid marsupial characteristic of dry forests on the inland side of the Great Dividing Range, Australia. Hair-sampling tubes were used to determine the occurrence of A. flavipes at 60 sites stratified across one of the largest remaining tracts of dry box–ironbark forest in south-eastern Australia. We considered the role of six potential explanatory variables: large trees, hollow-bearing trees, coppice hollows, logs, rock cover and litter. Logistic regression models were examined using an information-theoretic approach to determine the variables that best explained the presence or absence of the species. Hierarchical partitioning was employed to further explore relationships between occurrence of A. flavipes and explanatory variables. Forest structure accounted for a substantial proportion of the variation in occurrence of A. flavipes between sites. The strongest influence on the presence of A. flavipes was the cover of litter at survey sites. The density of hollow-bearing trees and rock cover were also positive influences. The conservation of A. flavipes will be enhanced by retention of habitat components that ensure a structurally complex environment in box–ironbark forests. This will also benefit the conservation of several threatened species in this dry forest ecosystem.
Language eng
DOI 10.1071/WR07088
Field of Research 050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management
Socio Economic Objective 960505 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Forest and Woodlands Environments
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, CSIRO
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017634

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