Conservation of marsupials and monotremes

Murray, Peter J. and Finch, Neal A. (2015). Conservation of marsupials and monotremes. In Athol Klieve, Lindsay Hogan, Stephen Johnston and Peter Murray (Ed.), Marsupials and monotremes: nature's enigmatic mammals (pp. 359-378) Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Author Murray, Peter J.
Finch, Neal A.
Title of chapter Conservation of marsupials and monotremes
Title of book Marsupials and monotremes: nature's enigmatic mammals
Place of Publication Hauppauge, New York
Publisher Nova Science Publishers
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Chapter in textbook
Open Access Status Not Open Access
ISBN 9781634834872
Editor Athol Klieve
Lindsay Hogan
Stephen Johnston
Peter Murray
Chapter number 9
Start page 359
End page 378
Total pages 20
Total chapters 11
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The history and current status of conservation of marsupials and monotremes is a mixture of exploitation, neglect and now for some species astounding conservation efforts. Although Australiahas the world‘s worst record of mammal extinctions there is hope for some species where there has been considerable effort and resources allocated to their conservation but for many other species, due to lack of knowledge about their basic biology, lack of funding and the potential effects of climate change, they are likely to have poor conservation outcomes. Efforts to help conservation of marsupials and monotremes in Australia, as well as other endemic mammals, includes captive breeding and release programs, and large areas of government protected reserves and even larger areas of privately owned wildlife sanctuaries and land for conservation. Within Australia there are legislative problems, where in different government departments, a species may be classified under different legislationin different states and then the Federal Government may have a different conservation status for the same species. The negative impacts of introduced predatorson many small marsupial species has resulted in extinction or severe reductions in both distributions and abundance on mainland Australia. Another problem with being small (and shy, nocturnal, living in the remoter regions of Australia) is that this calamity goes largely unnoticed. Fortunately islandshave had a vital role in the conservation of marsupials in Australia, as seen by the number of species that now only survive in island populations.
Keyword Legislation
Status
IUCN
Habitat
Size
Threats
Predation
Feral cats
Foxes
Islands
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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