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Den use by the spotted-tailed quoll Dasyurus maculatus in south-eastern Australia.

C. A. Belcher and J. P. Darrant

Australian Mammology 28(1) 59 - 64
Published: 2006


Den use was investigated by radio-tracking 28 spotted-tailed quolls (Dasyurus maculatus) at three sites in south-eastern Australia. Dens were recorded in rock crevices, caves and boulder tumbles, hollow logs, tree hollows and windrows and in small wombat (Vombatus ursinus) and rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) burrows. Two D. maculatus were recorded using more than 15 dens during this study. Rock dens appeared to be preferred over hollow log dens. D. maculatus denned alone, except when rearing young and possibly during mating. Females used a number of maternal dens while rearing young, some maternal dens were used in consecutive years.

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