Diet of the western pygmy possum, Cercartetus concinnus Gould (Marsupialia: Burramyidae), at Innes National Park, South Australia, and evaluation of diet sampling methods

Pestell, Angela J. L. and Petit, Sophie 2007, Diet of the western pygmy possum, Cercartetus concinnus Gould (Marsupialia: Burramyidae), at Innes National Park, South Australia, and evaluation of diet sampling methods, Australian Journal of Zoology, vol. 55, no. 5, pp. 275-284, doi: 10.1071/ZO07037.

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Title Diet of the western pygmy possum, Cercartetus concinnus Gould (Marsupialia: Burramyidae), at Innes National Park, South Australia, and evaluation of diet sampling methods
Author(s) Pestell, Angela J. L.
Petit, Sophie
Journal name Australian Journal of Zoology
Volume number 55
Issue number 5
Start page 275
End page 284
Total pages 10
Publisher C S I R O Publishing
Place of publication Clayton, Vic.
Publication date 2007-12-01
ISSN 0004-959X
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Zoology
FORAGING BEHAVIOR
NITROGEN REQUIREMENTS
FEATHERTAIL GLIDER
ACROBATES-PYGMAEUS
EUCALYPTUS POLLEN
HABITAT
PHENOLOGY
FOREST
POLLINATORS
PATTERNS
Summary The diet of a population of western pygmy possums, Cercartetus concinnus Gould (Marsupialia: Burramyidae), at Innes National Park, South Australia, was examined using faecal and fur pollen swab samples in relation to monthly plant phenological data. Eucalyptus pollen was the most abundant in both faeces and in fur swab samples, followed by Melaleuca pollen; plant exudates could not be examined by this study. Moth scales were found in 26% of the scat samples. Faecal samples comprised most plant species identified (15 of 17), but up to 25% of plant species recorded from fur pollen swabs were not recorded from faeces. The relatively high frequencies of plant species represented in fur pollen swabs indicates that this method is valuable for supplementing faecal analysis used to determine plant visitation by nectarivorous animals.
Language eng
DOI 10.1071/ZO07037
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 05 Environmental Sciences
06 Biological Sciences
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, CSIRO
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