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The use of topographic fire refuges by the greater glider (Petauroides volans) and the mountain brushtail possum (Trichosurus cunninghami) following a landscape-scale fire

Berry, Laurence E, Driscoll, Don A, Banks, Samuel C and Lindenmayer, David B 2015, The use of topographic fire refuges by the greater glider (Petauroides volans) and the mountain brushtail possum (Trichosurus cunninghami) following a landscape-scale fire, Australian mammalogy, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 39-45, doi: 10.1071/AM14027.

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Title The use of topographic fire refuges by the greater glider (Petauroides volans) and the mountain brushtail possum (Trichosurus cunninghami) following a landscape-scale fire
Author(s) Berry, Laurence E
Driscoll, Don A
Banks, Samuel C
Lindenmayer, David B
Journal name Australian mammalogy
Volume number 37
Issue number 1
Start page 39
End page 45
Total pages 7
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 0310-0049
1836-7402
Keyword(s) distributions
fire management
fire refuges
fire severity
heterogenity
landscape ecology
recolonisation
Summary We examined the abundance of arboreal marsupials in topographic fire refuges after a major fire in a stand-replacing crown-fire forest ecosystem. We surveyed the abundance of arboreal marsupials across 48 sites in rainforest gullies burnt to differing extents by the 2009 fires in the mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans) forests of the Victorian Central Highlands, Australia. The greater glider (Petauroides volans) was less abundant within the extent of the 2009 fire. The mountain brushtail possum (Trichosurus cunninghami) was more abundant within the extent of the 2009 fire, particularly within unburnt peninsulas protruding into burnt areas from unburnt edges. Our results indicate that fire refuges may facilitate the persistence of some species within extensively burnt landscapes. Additional work should seek to clarify this finding and identify the demographic mechanisms underlying this response.
Language eng
DOI 10.1071/AM14027
Field of Research 0602 Ecology
0608 Zoology
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, CSIRO Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30078610

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