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Ecology of the Tiger Quoll in coastal NSW - spatial and social organisation

Debbie Andrew, MSc candidate, University of Wollongong.

Email: debbie.andrew@environment.nsw.gov.au

Abstract

Ecology of the Tiger Quoll Dasyurus maculatus maculatus was investigated in Limeburners Creek Nature Reserve on the Mid-North Coast of NSW between December 1992 and April 1995. Social and spatial organisation was investigated by trapping and radio-tracking.

Individual Tiger Quolls were radio-collared over periods of 6-24 months. Good home range estimates were obtained for three adult females and three adult males.

Adult females' home ranges were largely exclusive of other adult females and ranged in size from 509-1511 hectares, as calculated using the Minimum Convex Polygon (MCP) method. Large adult males' home ranges overlapped considerably with other large adult males and ranged in size from 2302-3401 hectares (MCP).

Throughout the lifetime of an individual, home range area and location could vary in response to the appearance or disappearance other individuals. Tiger Quolls rarely came within close proximity of each other, other than females and dependent young, and males and females during the mating period. Consequently, Tiger Quolls are considered to be solitary.


References

Andrew, D. L. (2005). Ecology of the Tiger Quoll Dasyurus maculatus maculatus in coastal New South Wales. MSc Thesis. University of Wollongong, Wollongong.

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