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Greater Glider population in the Eurobodalla local government area - profile

Indicative distribution


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Scientific name: Petauroides volans - endangered population
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered Population
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 07 Sep 2007
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017

Description

The Greater Glider is the largest gliding possum with a head and body length of 350-450mm and a long furry tail measuring 450-600mm. The Greater Glider has thick fur that increases its apparent size. Fur colour is white or cream below and varies from dark grey, dusky brown through to light mottled grey and cream above. It has large ears and strongly reflective eyeshine in the beam of a spotlight making it easy to detect.

Distribution

The Greater Glider occurs in eucalypt forests and woodlands along the east coast of Australia from noth east Queensland to the Central Highlands of Victoria. This population of Greater Gliders on the south coast of NSW is bounded by the Moruya River to the north, Coila Lake to the south and the Princes Highway and cleared land exceeding 700 m in width to the west. These barriers greatly restrict dispersal of Greater Gliders and this population is therefore isolated from other occurrences of the species in Moruya State Forest and Deua National Park to the west. The boundaries of the population encompass an area of just over 6000 ha, half of which supports native vegetation. This vegetation occurs principally in two blocks of 2040 and 1120 ha, which are poorly connected by scattered trees. It is estimated that approximately 1800 ha of the native vegetation in the population area is of a type suitable for occupation by Greater Gliders. Of the total native vegetation in the population area, 25% is in Eurobodalla National Park, the remainder being primarily freehold.

Habitat and ecology

  • Feeds exclusively on eucalypt leaves, buds, flowers and mistletoe.
  • Shelter during the day in tree hollows and will use up to 18 hollows in their home range.
  • Occupy a relatively small home range with an average size of 1 to 3 ha.
  • Give birth to a single young in late autumn or early winter which remains in the pouch for approximately 4 months and is independent at 9 months of age.
  • Usually solitary, though mated pairs and offspring will share a den during the breeding season and until the young are independent.
  • Can glide up to a horizontal distance of 100m including changes of direction of as much as 90 degrees.
  • Very loyal to their territory.

Regional distribution and habitat

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
South East CornerBateman Known Between Moruya River to the north, Pacific Ocean to the East, Coila Lake to the South and the Princess Highway to the west
South East CornerSouth East Coastal Ranges Known None
South Eastern HighlandsKybeyan-Gourock Known None
Sydney BasinJervis Known None