The habitat and diet of koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) in Queensland

Melzer, Alistair, Cristescu, Romane, Ellis, William, FitzGibbon, Sean and Manno, Gabriella (2014) The habitat and diet of koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) in Queensland. Australian Mammalogy, 36 2: 189-199. doi:10.1071/AM13032

Author Melzer, Alistair
Cristescu, Romane
Ellis, William
FitzGibbon, Sean
Manno, Gabriella
Title The habitat and diet of koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) in Queensland
Formatted title
The habitat and diet of koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) in Queensland
Journal name Australian Mammalogy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1836-7402
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/AM13032
Open Access Status
Volume 36
Issue 2
Start page 189
End page 199
Total pages 11
Place of publication Clayton, VIC, Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Descriptions of koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) habitat and diet from 11 sites across Queensland are presented. Koala activity was recorded from 49 regional ecosystems across nine land zones and five bioregions. Thirty-four tree species were identified from an examination of leaf cuticle fragments in faecal pellets. Although the species were from three families and seven genera, 44% of browse species (15) belonged to the myrtaceous subgenus Symphomyrtus. Eleven of these contributed most of the koala diet across all sites. However, most species were present in minor or trace dietary elements. There was also a large number of unidentified species or dietary elements, all of which were usually present in trace amounts. The importance of these minor and trace components is not known. Diet at some sites was founded on a single eucalypt species. Here the likelihood of those sites’ browse resources being lost or degraded by stochastic events, as climate variability increases, raises questions about the persistence of the resident koala populations.
Keyword Climate variability
Faecal pellet
Leaf cuticle
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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