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Habitat characteristics for New Holland mouse Pseudomys novaehollandiae in Victoria

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posted on 2003-06-01, 00:00 authored by Barbara Wilson, S Laidlaw
Pseudomys novaehollandiae is 'Endangered' in Victoria, where it is presently considered to be extant at only three localities Loch Sport, Providence Ponds, and Wilsons Promontory. This study aimed to determine indicators of suitable habitat for the species that could assist in identifying potential habitat and sites for planned re-introductions as part of a recovery program. Vegetation and site data (soils, topography, rainfall, fire age-time since fire) were assessed at localities where P. novaehollandiae was recorded. The species occurred in five structural vegetation groups - open-forest, woodland, heathland, shrubland, grassland, with the most common being open-forest and woodland. Grassland and shmbland were restricted to coastal sand-dunes in south Gippsland. Understorey vegetation at most sites was dominated by sclerophyllous shrubs ranging in cover from 10 - 70%. Classification of quadrats produced eight floristic groups in which the trend was for quadrats to cluster according to geographical location. Ordination confirmed the classification pattern and vector-fitting produced significant correlations between vector points and five variables: species richness, latitude, longitude, fire age and annual rainfall. The study identified a range of vegetation communities where P. novaehollandiae occurs and provided evidence that the species is not restricted to floristically rich and diverse heathlands. The findings can be used to determine further localities with suitable habitat. However, factors other than vegetation are also likely to be important in predicting suitable habitat.

History

Journal

Australian mammalogy

Volume

25

Issue

1

Pagination

1 - 11

Publisher

Australian Mammal Society Inc.

Location

Adelaide, S. Aust.

ISSN

0310-0049

eISSN

1836-7402

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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