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Differences in the Biology and Ecology of Arboreal Marsupials in Forests of Southeastern Australia

David B. Lindenmayer
Journal of Mammalogy
Vol. 78, No. 4 (Nov., 1997), pp. 1117-1127
DOI: 10.2307/1383054
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1383054
Page Count: 11
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Differences in the Biology and Ecology of Arboreal Marsupials in Forests of Southeastern Australia
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Abstract

I present information on the biology and ecology of eight species of arboreal marsupials that inhabit montane ash forests of the central highlands of Victoria, southeastern Australia. Major differences occur in diet, body mass, home range, reproductive biology, social structure, mating systems, habitat requirements, and use of nesting sites in large trees with hollows. Differences in the biology and ecology of arboreal marsupials indicate differences may occur in their response to disturbances by humans in montane ash forests, such as clearcutting to produce wood and pulp for the production of paper. An array of different approaches to management of these forests may be needed to conserve the complete assemblage of arboreal marsupials including establishment of large reserves, implementation of networks of corridors, and retention of large trees on sites that are logged.

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