Nest use by western pygmy-possums (Cercartetus concinnus) (Marsupialia: Burramyidae) at Innes National Park, South Australia

Morrant, Damian S., and Petit, Sophie (2011) Nest use by western pygmy-possums (Cercartetus concinnus) (Marsupialia: Burramyidae) at Innes National Park, South Australia. Australian Mammalogy, 33 (1). pp. 28-32.

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Abstract

We examined the nest use of 15 radio-tracked western pygmy-possums (Cercartetus concinnus) throughout one year for up to nine nights each at Innes National Park, South Australia. At least one pygmy-possum was followed in each of 12 months. Nest type and nest fidelity varied greatly; shallow burrows under debris were the most frequently used. Nest preferences of females with young remain unknown. The ability of C. concinnus to use a diversity of nest types over relatively short periods is likely to be an important survival strategy.

Item ID: 21797
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: burrow, den, hollow, nest faithfulness, shelter, small mammal
ISSN: 1836-7402
Date Deposited: 21 May 2012 06:26
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060201 Behavioural Ecology @ 33%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0608 Zoology > 060801 Animal Behaviour @ 34%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060207 Population Ecology @ 33%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960806 Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 50%
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