Unusual patterns of tooth wear among koalas Phascolarctos cinereus from St Bees Island, Queensland, require re-evaluation of criteria for aging koalas by tooth-wear class

Melzer, Alistair, Ellis, William, Gordon, Greg, Tucker, Gail, Kindness, Robyn and Carrick, Frank (2011) Unusual patterns of tooth wear among koalas Phascolarctos cinereus from St Bees Island, Queensland, require re-evaluation of criteria for aging koalas by tooth-wear class. Australian Zoologist, 35 3: 550-554. doi:10.7882/AZ.2011.006


Author Melzer, Alistair
Ellis, William
Gordon, Greg
Tucker, Gail
Kindness, Robyn
Carrick, Frank
Title Unusual patterns of tooth wear among koalas Phascolarctos cinereus from St Bees Island, Queensland, require re-evaluation of criteria for aging koalas by tooth-wear class
Journal name Australian Zoologist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0067-2238
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.7882/AZ.2011.006
Volume 35
Issue 3
Start page 550
End page 554
Total pages 5
Place of publication Mosman, NSW, Australia
Publisher Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Tooth wear patterns among P. cinereus on St Bees Island in the humid Central Queensland Coast bio geographic region differ significantly from those observed in the sub-humid Brigalow Belt bio geographic region. Within the Brigalow Belt region, tooth-wear patterns among P. cinereus at Biloela, Springsure and Oakey are similar. The published method for the estimation of age based on tooth-wear from P. cinereus populations at Springsure and Oakey is applicable to the Biloela population but is not applicable to the St Bees Island population. It is concluded that, in Queensland at least, the tooth wear - age class classification should be verified with local data when applied in environments different from those of the Brigalow Belt. Further, the appropriateness of using a single tooth-wear classificatory scheme to establish the age of P. cinereus for transfer overseas is questioned.
Keyword Koala
Phascolarctos cinereus
Tooth wear
Age class
Export koalas
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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