Conservation of the false water rat (Xeromys myoides) depends on landscape complementation

Russell, Tanya L. and Hale, Peter T. (2009) Conservation of the false water rat (Xeromys myoides) depends on landscape complementation. Australian Mammalogy, 31 2: 81-87. doi:10.1071/AM09006

Author Russell, Tanya L.
Hale, Peter T.
Title Conservation of the false water rat (Xeromys myoides) depends on landscape complementation
Journal name Australian Mammalogy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0310-0049
Publication date 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/AM09006
Volume 31
Issue 2
Start page 81
End page 87
Total pages 7
Place of publication Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Language eng
Subject 06 Biological Sciences
Abstract Identification of habitat variables that are associated with patch occupancy can provide a solid foundation for conservation, especially when habitats and landscapes are affected by human activities. As a case study to investigate the importance of landscape complementation and habitat quality for conservation, we examined the habitat preferences of a vulnerable native rodent, the false water rat (Xeromys myoides Thomas). In this study, results from surveys for animal presence and recording of habitat attributes in localities in south-east Queensland showed that X. myoides prefers a habitat with a wide mangrove zone of short mangroves and a high percentage of relatively tall vegetation cover in the sedge/saltmarsh zone. The absence of X. myoides from areas of likely habitat at a large scale can be attributed, at least in part, to the local habitat variables that overrode predictions based at a large scale. The findings suggest that availability of suitable habitat is a factor limiting the distribution and abundance of X. myoides. It is clear that landscape complementation influences patch occupancy and should be an essential consideration for conservation programs.
Keyword anthropogenic impacts
habitat preferences
intertidal wetlands
logistic regression
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

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