Habitat preferences of squirrel gliders, Petaurus norfolcensis, in the fragmented landscape of south east Queensland

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Title Habitat preferences of squirrel gliders, Petaurus norfolcensis, in the fragmented landscape of south east Queensland
Author Rowston, Coral; Catterall, Carla; Hurst, Cameron Paul
Journal Name Forest Ecology and Management
Year Published 2002
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Twenty seven sites, located in a range of sizes of bushland remnants (10 to >2000 ha) and spanning a range of altitudes (0–500 m), were surveyed for squirrel gliders. All sites were open forest or woodland with an overstorey of eucalyptus, although the floristic composition and physical structure of the habitat varied. The gliders were present in remnants as small as 10–20 ha, had higher densities in remnants between 200 and 1000 ha and were restricted to altitudes below 240 m. Squirrel gliders occurred mainly in areas containing plant species typical of drier eucalyptus open forest and woodland, and were less frequently located in vegetation containing eucalyptus and other plants typical of higher rainfall areas, near rainforest or along creeks and drainlines. Where gliders did occur, there was a significant positive correlation between glider abundance and the density of stags (standing dead trees) and trees (>1 m, >10 cm diameter at breast height (dbh)). Squirrel gliders in southeast Queensland appear to be quite tolerant of the current level of fragmentation of their habitat, but their persistence in the longer term will depend on retaining adequate cover of lowland eucalyptus forest and woodland, particularly the spotted gum—ironbark and related vegetation types. Further decrease in forest cover may reduce habitat linkages and result in the extirpation of this species from small remnants in which they currently occur.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03781127
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0378-1127(01)00594-1
Copyright Statement Copyright 2002 Elsevier : Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher : This journal is available online - use hypertext links.
Volume 164
Page from 197
Page to 209
ISSN 0378-1127
Date Accessioned 2003-04-29
Language en_AU
Research Centre Environmental Futures Research Institute
Faculty Faculty of Environmental Sciences
Subject PRE2009-Science & Technology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/6682
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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