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Equollogy: ecology and conservation of quolls in NSW

The Spotted-tailed Quoll (also known as the Tiger Quoll) is the largest marsupial carnivore remaining on mainland Australia, and the only surviving quoll species in NSW. It was listed as threatened in NSW in 1992, and identified as an endangered species nationally in 2004.

In laboratory trials, the spotted-tail quoll is susceptible to '1080' poison, causing fierce debate about whether '1080' baiting (to control foxes and wild dogs) contributed to their demise in the bush. Quolls are also unpopular with farmers due to their penchant for raiding chicken pens.

The Office of Environment and Heritage (then the Department of Environment and Conservation, DEC) convened a half-day seminar on the ecology and conservation of Spotted-tailed Quolls in NSW. Speakers presented their research about quolls including:

  • population dynamics and home range
  • competition with introduced predators
  • impact of 1080 poison
  • impact of wildfire
  • genetics
  • ectoparasites.

Presentation abstracts and references

Ecology of the Tiger Quoll in coastal NSW - spatial and social organisation Abstract of presentation by Debbie Andrew, MSc candidate, University of Wollongong

Niche overlap between Spotted-tailed Quolls and eutherian predators: evidence for competition? Abstract of presentation by Al Glen, the former Department of Environment and Conservation

Impact of 1080 baiting on Spotted-tailed Quoll populations on the New England Tablelands: research conducted by the Vertebrate Pest Unit, DEC Abstract of presentation by Gerhard Körtner & Bob Harden, Zoology, University of New England

Recent advances in conservation genetics of Spotted-tailed Quolls Abstract of presentation by Karen Firestone, Monica Ruibal and Maria Cardoso

Impact of wildfire on the Spotted-tailed Quoll in Kosciuszko National Park Abstract of presentation by James Dawson, the former Department of Environment and Conservation

Ectoparasites of the Spotted-tailed Quoll Abstract of presentation by Inger-Marie Vilcins, Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University

Recovery Planning for the Spotted-tailed Quoll Abstract of presentation by Catherine Price, the former Department of Environment and Conservation

Other quoll references and resources

Page last updated: 12 March 2013