Use of den trees by Leadbeater's possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri)

D. B. Lindenmayer*, R. A. Meggs

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The results of a radio-tracking study of the uses of den trees by Leadbeater's possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri McCoy) at Cambarville in the mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans) forests of the Central Highlands of Victoria, south-eastern Australia, are described. Animals were radio-tracked for three periods of 5-20 days in July 1990, November 1990 and July 1991. A total of 14 individuals was tracked and they occupied 11 different trees with hollows on the 10-ha study site. Preliminary findings showed that some animals moved between hollows in different trees, and most animals used two or more trees. The distances between utilised trees usually exceeded 50 m. Possible reasons for the den-swapping behaviour include attempts to either or both relieve burdens of ecto-parasites and to reduce the risk of predation. There were several examples, in each of the three radio-tracking periods, of two or more radio-collared adult breeding female animals simultaneously co- occupying the same nest tree. This result was different from some of the general findings of an earlier study of G. leadbeateri at Cambarville.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-638
Number of pages14
JournalAustralian Journal of Zoology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1996


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