Mammal assemblages in Boonanarring Nature Reserve, Dandaragan Plateau, Western Australia from 1986 and 2012

Moore, T. L., Burbidge, A. H., Sonneman, T. and Wilson, B. A. 2016, Mammal assemblages in Boonanarring Nature Reserve, Dandaragan Plateau, Western Australia from 1986 and 2012, Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, vol. 99, no. 1, pp. 1-8.

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Title Mammal assemblages in Boonanarring Nature Reserve, Dandaragan Plateau, Western Australia from 1986 and 2012
Author(s) Moore, T. L.
Burbidge, A. H.
Sonneman, T.
Wilson, B. A.
Journal name Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia
Volume number 99
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher Royal Society of Western Australia
Place of publication Karawarra, W.A.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0035-922X
Keyword(s) Swan Coastal Plain
Pseudomys albocinereus
Tarsipes rostratus
ash grey mouse
Summary Although long term monitoring can provide land managers and researchers with insights intofaunal changes there are few such programmes in Australia, and many conservation actions areimplemented without assessment of their biodiversity benefits or costs. This study investigatedthe current status of native small mammals in the Boonanarring Nature Reserve (BNR), WesternAustralia, aiming to compare the contemporary distribution of mammals to those recorded 26 yearsago.Of particular importance is the evidence that no small mammal species have been lost from thereserve in the last 26 years; Pseudomys albocinereus, Tarsipes rostratus and Sminthopsis (sp)p. wererecorded in both years’ surveys. Records of P. albocinereus in this study are significant as theyconfirm the persistence of the species on the Dandaragan Plateau, whereas on the adjacent SwanCoastal Plain the species has not been recorded since 1987.Overall, the persistence of small mammals in this reserve, unlike the nearby reserves on the SwanCoastal Plain (SCP), could be attributed to the mix of vegetation types within the reserve and thelarger size of Boonanarring Nature Reserve. However, deficiencies in the monitoring programmewere identified. There is a need to improve the long-term monitoring of small mammals within theBNR with long-term, repeat-measures, analysis and reporting.
Language eng
Field of Research 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
050206 Environmental Monitoring
050205 Environmental Management
04 Earth Sciences
05 Environmental Sciences
06 Biological Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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