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Cetacean diversity of the continental shelf and slope off Southern Australia

Gill, Peter C., Pirzl, Rebecca, Morrice, Margie G. and Lawton, Kieran 2015, Cetacean diversity of the continental shelf and slope off Southern Australia, Journal of wildlife management, vol. 79, no. 4, pp. 672-681, doi: 10.1002/jwmg.867.

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Title Cetacean diversity of the continental shelf and slope off Southern Australia
Author(s) Gill, Peter C.
Pirzl, Rebecca
Morrice, Margie G.
Lawton, Kieran
Journal name Journal of wildlife management
Volume number 79
Issue number 4
Start page 672
End page 681
Total pages 10
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-05
ISSN 0022-541X
1937-2817
Keyword(s) Aerial surveys
Baleen whales
Cetacean diversity
Distribution
Dolphins
Southern Australia
Toothed whales
Summary We recorded a diverse cetacean assemblage from systematic aerial surveys in productive upwelling waters off southern Australia in 2002-2013. Surveys recorded 133 sightings of 15 identified cetacean species consisting of 7 mysticete (baleen) whale species, 8 odontocete (toothed) species, and 384 sightings of unidentified dolphins. This is the first assessment of cetacean diversity for the region and we found diversity to be comparable with other productive regions elsewhere. Differential spatial and temporal distributions of mysticete and odontocete species were apparent, and were associated with habitat variables and seasonal migration cycles. The study contributes new information to assist the environmental planning and management of activities in the region, including oil, and gas exploration and production, fishing, shipping, and renewable energy development.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/jwmg.867
Field of Research 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
05 Environmental Sciences
06 Biological Sciences
07 Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, WIley
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30080547

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