Prime real estate for the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus): Habitat requirements in a peri-urban environment

Brunt, Tamielle and Adams-Hosking, Christine and Murray, Peter ORCID: (2018) Prime real estate for the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus): Habitat requirements in a peri-urban environment. Queensland Naturalist, 56 (4/5/6). pp. 25-39. ISSN 0079-8843


Platypuses have specific habitat requirements but continue to persist in urban and peri-urban areas where these requirements are continually impacted upon. Identifying the species requirements in an ecosystem is important for population persistence. The aim of this project was to determine platypus presence and associated habitat
preferences along Moggill Creek, west of Brisbane. This was established through observational surveys and platypus habitat assessments. Observational surveys were completed at 33 sites to determine platypus presence. At these sites, riparian and in-stream habitat assessments were completed on the characteristics associated with platypus presence.
Ten sightings at 10 individual sites were recorded, two of which were recorded in peri-urban areas and eight in the lower reaches, characterised by urban landscapes. The significant habitat characteristics associated with platypus presence were: consolidated bank height > 0.95 m (p = 0.004), bank slope > 35° (p = 0.009) and water depth > 1.1 m (p = 0.011). The identification of platypus habitat requirements allows management practices to be implemented for protection of these habitat characteristics and promotion of healthy waterways.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2021 05:06
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2021 00:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: platypus, Ornithorhynchus anatinus; habitat disturbance, habitat attributes, observations; Moggill Creek, Queensland
Fields of Research (2008): 06 Biological Sciences > 0608 Zoology > 060801 Animal Behaviour
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management
Fields of Research (2020): 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310301 Behavioural ecology
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310304 Freshwater ecology
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410407 Wildlife and habitat management
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960807 Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1899 Other environmental management > 189999 Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1803 Fresh, ground and surface water systems and management > 180303 Fresh, ground and surface water biodiversity

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