Going to ground: Implications of ground use for the conservation of an arboreal marsupial

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Abstract

On the basis of previous observations, the critically endangered western ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus occidentalis) has been described as strictly arboreal. Using motion-sensing cameras placed in bushland remnants and residential gardens, we demonstrate that the species uses the ground during its nocturnally active period. To acknowledge that ground use may make the species more susceptible to terrestrial predators than previously thought, we propose that the species should not be described as 'strictly' arboreal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-109
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Mammalogy
Volume42
Issue number1
Early online date18 Apr 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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