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

An evaluation of pipe traps for the capture of small arboreal mammals

Lee Harrison A B F , Kylie Soanes C and Rodney van der Ree A D E
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A Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, South Yarra, Vic. 3141, Australia.

B Current address: City of Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic. 3001, Australia.

C School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Vic. 3010, Australia.

D School of BioSciences, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Vic. 3010, Australia.

E Ecology and Infrastructure International, PO Box 6031, Wantirna, Vic. 3152, Australia.

F Corresponding author. Email: leejh@unimelb.edu.au

Australian Mammalogy - https://doi.org/10.1071/AM17014
Submitted: 14 March 2017  Accepted: 24 July 2017   Published online: 24 August 2017

Abstract

Optimal wildlife survey techniques should maximise detectability or capture rates of target species and minimise potential harm to animals. We compared the effectiveness of Elliott and PVC pipe traps for the capture of small arboreal mammals in the Victorian Central Highlands and found that pipe traps were less effective at capturing small arboreal mammals than Elliott traps.

Additional keywords: Gymnobelideus leadbeateri, Leadbeater’s possum, Petauridae, trapping.


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