Journal article

Diet selection by the brush-tailed rock-wallaby (Petrogale penicillata) in East Gippsland, Victoria

L Van Eeden, J Di Stefano, G Coulson

Australian Mammalogy | Published : 2011

Abstract

Resource selection by animals is assumed to have fitness benefits so quantifying resource selection can help determine suitable conditions for species persistence and be used to inform management plans. We studied diet selection by the 'Critically Endangered' Victorian brush-tailed rock-wallaby (Petrogale penicillata) by comparing proportions of plant functional groups consumed with their availability in the three remaining rock-wallaby colonies in East Gippsland, Victoria. We estimated availability using an adaptation of the point transect method, identifying 63 plant functional groups and their abundance within the foraging range. Using microhistological analysis of faecal pellets we deter..

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