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Landscapes without boundaries: wildlife and their environments in northern Australia

Woinarski, J, Williams, R, Price, O and Rankmore, B (2005). Landscapes without boundaries: wildlife and their environments in northern Australia. Wildlife Research,32(5):377-388.

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Title Landscapes without boundaries: wildlife and their environments in northern Australia
Author Woinarski, J
Williams, R
Price, O
Rankmore, B
Journal Name Wildlife Research
Publication Date 2005
Volume Number 32
Issue Number 5
ISSN 1035-3712   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-13844288320
Start Page 377
End Page 388
Total Pages 12
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract This paper provides an introduction to the ecological fabric of northern Australia, described here as being a land characterised by extreme climatic seasonality and largely devoid of marked topographic features. Largely as a result of the latter trait, many species have extensive geographic ranges, and the spatial turnover in species composition is extremely limited. Somewhat counter-intuitively, these two traits can be accommodated by organisms only through reliance on critical, but often subtle, landscape variation. We present some preliminary models for Gouldian finch (Erythrura gouldiae) and black-footed tree-rat (Mesembriomys gouldii) to illustrate patterns of variation in their resource availability, and the consequences of such variation. We discuss briefly some studies that have attempted to integrate, or at least consider, these elements.
Keywords monsoon rain-forests
fox pteropus-alecto
wet-dry tropics
genetic diversity
seasonal tropics
seed production
prey abundance
fire regimes
territory
patterns
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WR03008   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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