Australian Mammalogy Australian Mammalogy Society
Journal of the Australian Mammal Society
RESEARCH ARTICLE

Monitoring the threatened brush-tailed phascogale (Phascogale tapoatafa tapoatafa) at Sugarloaf Reservoir, Victoria

Mark Scida A C and Rob Gration B
+ Author Affiliations
- Author Affiliations

A Northeast Region Waterways and Land, Melbourne Water, PO Box 4342, Melbourne, Vic. 3001, Australia.

B Ecoaerial, 10 Gladstone Street, Yarraville, Vic. 3013, Australia.

C Corresponding author. Email: mark.scida@melbournewater.com.au

Australian Mammalogy - https://doi.org/10.1071/AM16061
Submitted: 7 November 2015  Accepted: 13 August 2017   Published online: 5 September 2017

Abstract

The brush-tailed phascogale (Phascogale tapoatafa tapoatafa) is a marsupial threatened in Victoria by habitat fragmentation and modification. As part of the development of infrastructure in phascogale habitat, Melbourne Water was required to improve habitat for the phascogale. We aimed to develop and test a method for monitoring phascogales on Melbourne Water land, and to assess the effectiveness of habitat improvements. Trapping, nest boxes, and cameras were all successful in detecting phascogales; however, cameras had the highest detection per unit effort. We suggest that future monitoring should favour camera surveys with trapping potentially every 3–5 years for acquisition of physical data.


References

Cuttle, P. (1983). Brush-tailed phascogale Phascogale tapoatafa. In ‘The Mammals of Australia’. (Ed. R. Strahan.) pp. 34–35. (Angus and Robertson: Sydney.)

DEPI (2014a). Victorian biodiversity atlas. Department of Primary Industries, Victoria. Available at: https://vba.dse.vic.gov.au/vba/ [accessed June 2014].

DEPI (2014b). Ecological vegetation class benchmarks of the Highlands – Southern Fall Bioregion. Department of Primary Industries, Victoria. Available at: http://www.dse.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/241921/HSF_EVCs_combined.pdf [accessed June 2014].

Gration, R. (2013). Marking and mapping of habitat linkages at Sugarloaf Reservoir. Report, Melbourne Water.

Melbourne Water (2013). Habitat linkages for brush-tailed phascogale at Sugarloaf Reservoir – functional requirements. Prepared by Andrea Burns.

Menkhorst, P. W. (1995). Brush tailed phascogale. In ‘Mammals of Victoria’. (Ed. P. W. Menkhorst.) pp. 58–60. (Oxford University Press: Melbourne.)

Osler, D. (2009). Sugarloaf Reservoir vegetation assessment and management guidelines. Report, Melbourne Water.

Rhind, S. G. (2002). Reproductive demographics among brush-tailed phascogales (Phascogale tapoatafa) in south-western Australia. Wildlife Research 29, 247–257.
Reproductive demographics among brush-tailed phascogales (Phascogale tapoatafa) in south-western Australia.CrossRef |

Rhind, S. G., and Bradley, J. S. (2002). The effect of drought on body size, growth and abundance of wild brush-tailed phascogales (Phascogale tapoatafa) in south-western Australia. Wildlife Research 29, 235–245.
The effect of drought on body size, growth and abundance of wild brush-tailed phascogales (Phascogale tapoatafa) in south-western Australia.CrossRef |

Ryan, J. (2004). Population structure of Victorian brush-tailed phascogales (Phascogale tapoatafa) inferred from mtDNA sequences and microsatellite loci. B.Sc.(Honours) Thesis, Monash University, Melbourne.

Scarff, F. R., Rhind, S. G., and Bradley, J. S. (1998). Diet and foraging behaviour of brush-tailed phascogales (Phascogale tapoatafa) in the jarrah forest of south-western Australia. Wildlife Research 25, 511–526.
Diet and foraging behaviour of brush-tailed phascogales (Phascogale tapoatafa) in the jarrah forest of south-western Australia.CrossRef |

Soderquist, T. R. (1993a). Maternal strategies of Phascogale tapoatafa (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae). 1. Breeding seasonality and maternal investment. Australian Journal of Zoology 41, 549–566.
Maternal strategies of Phascogale tapoatafa (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae). 1. Breeding seasonality and maternal investment.CrossRef |

Soderquist, T. R. (1993b). Maternal strategies of Phascogale tapoatafa (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae). 2. Juvenile thermoregulation and maternal attendance. Australian Journal of Zoology 41, 567–576.
Maternal strategies of Phascogale tapoatafa (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae). 2. Juvenile thermoregulation and maternal attendance.CrossRef |

Soderquist, T. R. (1995a). Brush-tailed phascogale Phascogale tapoatafa. In ‘The Mammals of Australia’. (Ed. R. Strahan.) pp. 104–106. (Reed Books: Sydney.)

Soderquist, T. R. (1995b). Spatial organization of the arboreal carnivorous marsupial Phascogale tapoatafa. Journal of Zoology 237, 385–398.
Spatial organization of the arboreal carnivorous marsupial Phascogale tapoatafa.CrossRef |

Soderquist, T. R., and Lill, A. (1995). Natal dispersal and philopatry in the carnivorous marsupial Phascogale tapoatafa (Dasyuridae). Ethology 99, 297–312.
Natal dispersal and philopatry in the carnivorous marsupial Phascogale tapoatafa (Dasyuridae).CrossRef |

Soderquist, T. R., Traill, B. J., Faris, F., and Beasley, K. (1996). Using nest boxes to survey for the brush-tailed phascogale Phascogale tapoatafa. Victorian Naturalist 113, 256–261.

Sowersby, W., and van der Ree R. (2010). Results of surveys of brush tailed phascogales at Eltham–Yarra Glen Rd, Watsons Creek, Victoria. Draft report prepared by Australian Centre for Urban Ecology for VicRoads.

Sugarloaf Pipeline Alliance (2009). Fauna management program – Sugarloaf Reservoir. Melbourne Water Report prepared by Sugarloaf Pipeline Alliance. Document No. SPA-EPR-SU-ENV-0005-REV 0 – Version 00.

Traill, B. J., and Coates, T. D. (1993). Field observations on the brush-tailed phascogale Phascoale tapoatafa (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae). Australian Mammalogy 16, 61–65.

van der Ree, R., Soderquist, T. R., and Bennett, A. F. (2001). Home-range use by the brush-tailed phascogale (Phascogale tapoatafa) (Marsupialia), in high-quality, spatially limited habitat. Wildlife Research 28, 517–525.
Home-range use by the brush-tailed phascogale (Phascogale tapoatafa) (Marsupialia), in high-quality, spatially limited habitat.CrossRef |

van der Ree, R., Bennett, A. F., and Soderquist, T. R. (2006). Nest-tree selection by the threatened brush-tailed phascogale (Phascogale tapoatafa) (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae) in a highly fragmented agricultural landscape. Wildlife Research 33, 113–119.
Nest-tree selection by the threatened brush-tailed phascogale (Phascogale tapoatafa) (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae) in a highly fragmented agricultural landscape.CrossRef |

Victorian State Government (1988). Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act. Available at: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/vic/consol_act/fafga1988205/ [accessed June 2014].

Victorian State Government (1991). Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act Action Statement No. 79. Department of Sustainability and Environment. Available at: https://www.environment.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/32337/Brush-tailed_Phascogale_Phascogale_tapoatafa.pdf [accessed June 2014].



Export Citation