Ecology and conservation of the antilopine wallaroo: an overview of current knowledge

Ritchie, E. G. (2010) Ecology and conservation of the antilopine wallaroo: an overview of current knowledge. In: Coulson, Graeme, and Eldridge, Mark, (eds.) Macropods: the biology of kanagroos, wallabies and rat-kangaroos. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, VIC, Australia, pp. 179-186.

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Abstract

The antilopine wallaroo (Macropus antilopinus) is restricted entirely to the tropical savannas of northern Australia and, along with the black wallaroo (Macropus bernardus), remains the least studied of the large macropodids. There is currently great concern that many of the endemic mammals of this region are undergoing declines in their distribution and population size; without detailed ecological information, proactive management to prevent further declines will be difficult. Between 2002 and 2005, I conducted an extensive study of the ecology and conservation of the antilopine wallaroo at 50 sites across the species' entire distribution. I calculated relative density estimates for each site using line transects and recorded the vegetation characteristics, fire history and resource availability at each site. I collected detailed information on the socioecology and behaviour of antilopine wallaroos and other sympatric macropodid species opportunistically. This information, together with that of previously published studies, is presented in the form of a general overview of the ecology and conservation of the antilopine wallaroo.

Item ID: 21909
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-643-09662-2
Keywords: Macropus-antilopinus; Northern Australia; climate-change; Robustus; populations; herbivores; landscapes; management; territory; habitat
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2012 02:37
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060202 Community Ecology (excl Invasive Species Ecology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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