Additional records of small mammals in northern South Australia

Allen, B. and Read, J. L. and Medlin, G. (2011) Additional records of small mammals in northern South Australia. Australian Mammalogy, 33 (1). pp. 68-72. ISSN 0310-0049


Analysis of prey remains found in predator scats is a valuable tool for assessing the distribution and status of small mammal populations. As part of a large-scale dingo research project in northern South Australia, the prey remains found in 1845 dingo scats were analysed. A range of species were identified as expected, though, of particular interest, additional records of Rattus villosissimus, Notomys fuscus and Pseudomys australis were obtained. Our R. villosissimus records confirm the contemporary range of this species in the north-eastern pastoral zone, while our N. fuscus records support other recent records of this species in the same area. Our P. australis record indicates that an isolated population of this species exists in the Strzelecki Desert, ∼400km east of the nearest known population. The status of these populations remains unknown, including the risk of dingo predation to them.

Statistics for USQ ePrint 29504
Statistics for this ePrint Item
Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2016 04:41
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2018 05:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: Canis familiaris dingo; mammalia; Notomys fuscus; pseudomys australis; Rattus; Rattus villosissimus
Fields of Research : 06 Biological Sciences > 0602 Ecology > 060299 Ecology not elsewhere classified
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050299 Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960599 Ecosystem Assessment and Management not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1071/AM10032

Actions (login required)

View Item Archive Repository Staff Only