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Critical-weight-range marsupials in northern Australia are declining: A commentary on Fisher et al. (2014) 'The current decline of tropical marsupials in Australia: Is history repeating?'

Woinarski, John C. Z. (2015). Critical-weight-range marsupials in northern Australia are declining: A commentary on Fisher et al. (2014) 'The current decline of tropical marsupials in Australia: Is history repeating?'. Global Ecology and Biogeography,24(1):118-122.

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Title Critical-weight-range marsupials in northern Australia are declining: A commentary on Fisher et al. (2014) 'The current decline of tropical marsupials in Australia: Is history repeating?'
Author Woinarski, John C. Z.
Journal Name Global Ecology and Biogeography
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 24
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1466-822X   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84914148938
Start Page 118
End Page 122
Total Pages 5
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
Abstract Many mammal species are declining in parts of Australia's tropical savannas, for reasons that are not yet well defined. A recent paper (Fisher et al., 2014, Global Ecology and Biogeography, 23, 181–190) suggested that the primary cause is predation by feral cats, with the main evidence presented being a purported over-representation of small species amongst the marsupials that have contracted in range (‘small body size signifies high current extinction risk’). However, a review here of the information presented in that paper shows that no marsupial species smaller than 100 g has shown range contraction in northern Australia, and that most (15 of 17) declines are of species in the ‘critical weight range’ (35 g to 5.5 kg).
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/geb.12165   (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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