Journal article

Identification of reliable predictors of golden sun moth Synemon plana habitat over multiple survey years can benefit conservation, restoration and surveys for new populations

AS Kutt, K Dalton, TJ Wills



Native grasslands, and the fauna that inhabit them, are globally some of the most threatened ecosystems and organisms. Knowledge of the relative importance of climate, landscape context and site-based resources for local insect populations is critical for the restoration and conservation of these communities. We investigated the site and landscape-scale best predictors of occurrence and abundance over three consecutive years of sampling, for the critically endangered golden sun moth Synemon plana in south-eastern Australia. We found eight vegetation factors to be significantly associated with golden sun moth occurrence using data from combined survey data and data for each year alone; we ide..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Funding Acknowledgements

Melbourne Water Corporation and Sugarloaf Pipeline Alliance funded the surveys for the golden sun moth at Sheoak Station. We thank Virginia Harris and Andrea Burns (both MWC) for supporting this research. Thanks to Vanessa McKenzie, Richard Retallick, Nathan Kay, Zoe Jellie, Elinor Ebsworth, Victoria Hemming, Lily van Eeden, Estrella Melero-Blanca and Simon Laird (all GHD) for participating in this project over the years. The manuscript improved by review and comments from two anonymous referees.