Socioecology of the Yellow-Bellied Glider, Petaurus-Australis, at Waratah-Creek, Nsw
RL Goldingay and RP Kavanagh
Australian Journal of Zoology
38(3) 327 - 341
AbstractAspects of the socioecology of the yellow-bellied glider were examined at Waratah Creek near Bombala in south-eastern New South Wales. Gliders lived in family groups consisting of an adult monogamous pair plus offspring. Mean group size was 2.6 individuals. Females gave birth to a single young, often in successive years. Young were only born between June and December with a pronounced peak between July and September. A food availability model was constructed and used to account for the pattern of reproduction among gliders. The onset of breeding usually occurred when exudates were abundant. Late lactation and the weaning of young (periods when the protein requirements of mother and young are likely to be greatest) coincided with summer. This was a time when the highly predictable bark shed of Eucalyptus viminalis occurred, which presumably provided an abundant arthropod (i.e. protein) resource. This breeding pattern ensured that young were foraging independently before the ensuing winter.
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