Habitat influence on activity patterns of brush-tailed rock-wallabies in Queensland

Botma, Kiarra-Lea and Shapland, Felicity and Hoy, Julia M. and Pritchard, Tanya and Murray, Peter J. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1143-1706 (2021) Habitat influence on activity patterns of brush-tailed rock-wallabies in Queensland. Australian Journal of Zoology, 68 (3). pp. 136-144. ISSN 0004-959X

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The brush-tailed rock-wallaby (Petrogale penicillata) is a nocturnal refuge dependent herbivore that can be found from south east-Queensland to east Gippsland in Victoria. Brush-tailed rock-wallaby colonies are situated on many different habitat types, and refuge within this habitat has been shown to be important for their survival. Dingoes co-exist with P. penicillata and are perceived to be a threat. This study aimed to determine the link between habitat and P. penicillata behaviour and their interaction with predators. Three P. penicillata colonies were studied within the Little Liverpool Range, Queensland. Images of P. penicillata and dingoes from camera traps were analysed for daily activity patterns and activity overlap between species. Dingo scats were collected and analysed to determine predation. The results indicated that different habitat types change the perceived predation risk and corresponding activity patterns of P. penicillata. Predation risk impacted foraging behaviour, with colonies in exposed habitat types exhibiting greater predator avoidance behaviors than those in more protected habitat types. The results indicate that brush-tailed rock-wallabies modified their activity patterns according to different habitat types to reduce their risk of predation.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Sciences (6 Sep 2019 - 31 Dec 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2021 23:57
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2022 04:16
Uncontrolled Keywords: foraging, dingo, predator avoidance, brush-tailed rock wallaby, Petrogale penicillata, scat analysis, camera trapping, predation risk, fox, Vulpes vulpes, Canis lupus
Fields of Research (2008): 06 Biological Sciences > 0602 Ecology > 060201 Behavioural Ecology
06 Biological Sciences > 0602 Ecology > 060208 Terrestrial Ecology
Fields of Research (2020): 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310301 Behavioural ecology
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3109 Zoology > 310901 Animal behaviour
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960806 Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280102 Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1806 Terrestrial systems and management > 180606 Terrestrial biodiversity
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1071/ZO20090
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/43267

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