Publications archive - Biodiversity
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Prepared by Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, October 1996
Barlow, N. D. 1994 Predicting the effect of a novel vertebrate biocontrol agent: a model for viral-vectored immunocontraception of New Zealand possums. Journal Applied Ecology 31:454-462.
Barnett, J. L., How, R. A. & Humphreys, W. F. 1977 Possum damage to pine plantations in northeastern New South Wales. Austr. For. Res 7: 185-195.
Bomford, M. 1990 A role for fertility control in wildlife management? Bureau of Rural Resources, Dept. Prim. Ind. & Energy. Bulletin No. 7. AGPS, Canberra.
Caughley, G. 1977 Analysis of Vertebrate Populations. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester.
Coman, B. J. 1994 A review of methods for the mitigation of browsing damage in Tasmania. Vernox Pest Management Report to the Browsing Animal Review Committee, August, 1994.
Cowan, P. E. 1992 The eradication of introduced Australian Brushtail Possums, Trichosurus vulpecula , from Kapiti Island, a New Zealand nature reserve. Biol. Cons. 62: 217-226.
Cowan, P. E. 1993 Effects of intensive trapping on breeding and age structure of brushtail possums, Trichosurus vulpecula, on Kapiti Island, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 20: 1-11.
Cowan, P. E. & Moeed, A. 1987 Invertebrates in the diet of Brushtail Possums, Trichosurus vulpecula, in lowland podocarp/ broadleaf forest, Orongorongo Valley, Wellington, New Zealand. New Zealand J. Zool. 14: 163-177.
Cowan, P. E. & Rhodes, D. S. 1992 Restricting the movements of Brushtail Possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) on farmland with electric fencing. Wildl. Res. 19: 47-58.
Cowan, P. E. & Rhodes, D. S. 1993 Electric fences and poison buffers as barriers to movements and dispersal of Brushtail Possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) on farmland. Wildl. Res. 20: 671-686.
Cremer, K. W. 1969 Browsing of Mountain Ash regeneration by wallabies and possums in Tasmania. Austr. For. 33: 201-210.
Driessen, M. & Hocking, G. J. 1992 Review and analysis of spotlight surveys in Tasmania: 1975-1990. Department of Parks, Wildlife and Heritage, Tasmania, Scientific Report: 92/1.
Dunnet, G. M. 1956 A live-trapping study of the Brushtail Possum Trichosurus vulpecula Kerr (Marsupialia). C. S. I. R. O. Wildl. Res. 1: 1-18.
Dunnet, G. M. 1964 A field study of local populations of the Brush-Tailed Possum Trichosurus vulpecula in eastern Australia. Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. 142: 665-695.
Fitzgerald, A. E. 1984 Diet of the Possum Trichosurus vulpecula in three Tasmanian forest types and its relevance to the diet of possums in New Zealand forests. In A. P. Smith & I. D. Hume (eds.) Possums and Gliders. Surrey Beatty & Sons, Chipping Norton. pp 137-143.
Forestry Commission Tasmania 1982 Forest pests and diseases: control of browsing damage. Leaflet No. 11, December 1982.
Gilbert, J. M. 1961 The effects of browsing by native animals on the establishment of seedlings of Eucalyptus regnans in the Florentine Valley, Tasmania. Austr. For. 25(2): 116-121.
Gilmore, D. P. 1969 Seasonal reproductive periodicity in the male Australian Brush-Tailed Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula). J. Zool. Lond. 157: 75-98. Green, R. H. 1973 The Mammals of Tasmania. The Author, Launceston.
Green, W. Q. 1984 A review of ecological studies relevant to management of the Common Brushtail Possum. In A. P. Smith & I. D. Hume (eds.) Possums and Gliders. Surrey Beatty & Sons, Chipping Norton. pp 483-499.
Green, W. Q. & Coleman, J. D. 1981 A progress report on the movements of possums Trichosurus vulpecula between native forests and pasture. In B. D. Bell (ed.) Proceedings of the first symposium on marsupials in New Zealand. Zoology Publications from Victoria University of Wellington, 74: 51-62.
Green, W. Q. & Coleman, J. D. 1986 Movements of possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) between forest and pasture in Westland, New Zealand: implications for bovine tuberculosis transmission. New Zealand J. Ecol. 9: 57-69.
Harvie, A. E. 1973 Diet of the opossum (Trichosurus vulpecula Kerr) on farmland northeast of Waverley, New Zealand. Proc. N. Z. Ecol. Soc. 20: 48-52.
Hocking, G. J. 1981 The population ecology of the Brushtailed Possum Trichosurus vulpecula (Kerr), in Tasmania. MSc thesis, University of Tasmania, Hobart.
Hogg, B. W., Catcheside, L. M., Mercer, G. J. K., Pearson, A. J., Ashby, M. G. & Duganzich, D. 1992 Carcass composition and meat quality of brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula). Meat Science 31: 327-341.
How, R. A. 1972a Ecology of Trichosurus species in New South Wales. PhD thesis, University of New England, Armidale.
How, R. A. 1972b The ecology and management of possum species in N.S.W. forests. N. S. W. Forestry Commission, Ann. Res. Rep. 1971-1972 : 107-113.
How, R. A. 1983 Common Brushtail Possum. In Complete Book of Australian Mammals. R. Strahan (ed.). Collins, Angus and Robertson: Sydney. pp.147-148.
James, E. A. 1984 The dynamics of hunted populations of Brushtail Possums Trichosurus vulpecula in Tasmania: a technique for population analysis. MSc thesis, University of Tasmania, Hobart.
Johnson, K. A. 1977 Methods for the census of wallaby and possum in Tasmania. Wildlife Division Technical Report 77/2. National Parks and Wildlife Service, Tasmania.
Jolly, J. N. 1976 Habitat use and movements of the opossum (Trichosurus vulpecula) in a pastoral habitat on Banks Peninsula. Proc. New Zealand Ecol. Soc. 23: 70-78.
Kean, R. I. 1951 Estimation of the effects of deer and opossums in high country. N. Z. Sci. Rev. 9(8): 146-152.
Kean, R. I. 1967 Behaviour and territorialism in Trichosurus vulpecula (Marsupialia). Proc. New Zealand Ecol. Soc. 14: 71-78.
Kerle, J. A. 1984 Variation in the ecology of Trichosurus vulpecula: its adaptive significance. In A. P. Smith & I. D. Hume (eds.) Possums and Gliders. Surrey Beatty & Sons, Chipping Norton. pp 115-126.
Kirkpatrick, J. B. & Brown, M. J. 1991 Reservation analysis of Tasmanian forests. Resource Assessment Commission Report No FTC91/16, November, 1991.
Meredith, J. S., Brown, B. K. & Frith, H. J. 1969 Breeding of the Brush-Tailed Possum Trichosurus vulpecula (Kerr), in New South Wales. C. S. I. R. O. Wildl. Res. 14: 181-193.
Morgan, D. R. & Woolhouse, A. D. 1993 Evaluation of repellants to prevent possum browsing. Proc. 46th. NZ Plant Protect. Conf. pp. 302-306.
O' Callaghan, M. G. & Moore, E. 1986 Parasites and Serological survey of the Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) from Kangaroo Island, South Australia. J. Wildl. Diseases 22(4): 589-591.
Presidente, P. J. A. 1984 Parasites and diseases of Brushtail, Possums Trichosurus vulpecula: occurrence and significance. In A. P. Smith & I. D. Hume (eds.) Possums and Gliders. Surrey Beatty & Sons, Chipping Norton. pp 175-182.
Pilton, P. E. & Sharman, G. B. 1962 Reproduction in the marsupial Trichosurus vulpecula . J. Endocrin. 25: 119-136.
Quinn, J. 1968 Opossums deplete Wanganui pasture. N. Z. J. Agr. 117(5): 17-19.
Rounsevell, D. E., Taylor, R. J. & Hocking, G. J. 1991 Distribution records of native terrestrial mammals in Tasmania. Wildl. Res. 18: 699-717.
Southwell, C. J. & Fletcher, M. 1985 Investigations into methods of improving the precision of spotlight surveys used for monitoring wallaby populations in Tasmania. Report to the Tasmanian National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Southwell, C. J. & Fletcher, M. 1993 Repeatability and standardisation of roadside spotlight counts of mammals in Tasmania. Austr. Mamm. 16(1): 73-75.
Southwell, C. J. & Jarman P. J. 1987 Macropod studies at Wallaby Creek III: the effect of fire on pasture utilisation by macropodids and cattle. Aust. Wildl. Res. 14: 117-124.
Spurr, E. B. & Jolly, J. N. 1981 Damage by possums Trichosurus vulpecula to farm crops and pasture. In B. D. Bell (ed.) Proceedings of the first Symposium on Marsupials in New Zealand. Victoria University of Wellington 74: 197-203.
Statham, H. L. 1983 Browsing damage in Tasmanian forest areas and effects of 1080 poisoning. Forestry Commission Tasmania, Bulletin No. 7.
Statham, H. L. 1984 The diet of Trichosurus vulpecula (Kerr) in four Tasmanian forest locations. In A. P. Smith & I. D. Hume (eds.) Possums and Gliders. Surrey Beatty & Sons, Chipping Norton. pp 213-219.
Statham, H. L. 1992 Brushtail possums and rural dieback in Tasmania: a preliminary study. Midlands Tree Committee, Hobart.
Statham, M. 1991 Non-toxic control of wallabies. In Proc. 9th Australian Pest Control Conf. Adelaide, April 1991. pp. 328-331.
Strahan, R. (ed.) 1983 Complete Book of Australian Mammals. Collins, Angus and Robertson, Sydney. p.146.
Tyndale-Biscoe, C. H. 1955 Observations on the reproduction and ecology of the Brush-Tailed Possum Trichosurus vulpecula Kerr (Marspialia), in New Zealand. Austr. J. Zool. 3: 162-184.
Vertebrate Advisory Committee 1994 Native vertebrates which are rare or threatened in Tasmania. Edition 1. Species at Risk, Tasmania - Vertebrates. Parks and Wildlife Service, Tasmania.
Watts, D. 1993 Tasmanian Mammals: A Field Guide. Peregrine Press, Kettering. p44.
|APPENDIX 1: Number of royalties paid on brush possums, and the number of licence/permit holders each year, 1923 - 1995.|
|Year||Harvest period||No. permits||Royalties|
|1923||May 1 - Jul 31||105,968|
|1924||Jun 1 - Jul 31||47,137|
|1925||Jun 1 - Jul 31||60,192|
|1926||Jun 1 - Jul 31||49,737|
|1927||Jun 1 - Jul 31||42,617|
|1928||May 1 - Jun 30||37,805|
|1930||Jun 1 - Aug 15||50,170|
|1931||Jun 1 - Aug 15||23,538|
|1934||Jun 1 - Jul 31||61,455|
|1937||Jun 1 - Jul 12||44,406|
|1940||Jun 1 - Jul 31||61,057|
|1944||Jun 1 - Aug 31||167,847|
|1949||Jul 1 - Jul 31||90,815|
|1952||May 1 - Jul 31||61,357|
|1953||Jun 1 - Jul 31||149,451|
|1954||Jun 1 - Jul 31||110,290|
|1956||Jun 1 - Jul 31||82,417|
|1959||Aug 1 - Sep 26||229,032|
|1960||Jun 1 Jul 31||208,701|
|1961||Jun 1 - Jul 31||91,106|
|1962||Jun 1 - Jul 31||128,806|
|1963||Jun 1 - Jul 31||232,295|
|1964||Jul 1 - Jul 31||699||69,758|
|1965||Jul 1 - Jul 31||708||78,998|
|1966||Jul 1 - Aug 12||975||124,595|
|1967||Jul 1 - Aug 12||757||101,488|
|1968||Jul 15 - Aug 31||822||99,072|
|1969||Jul 15 - Aug 31||994||133,848|
|1970||Jul 1 - Jul 31||866||85,421|
|1972||Jul 1 - Aug 31||709||100,627|
|1973||Jul 1 - Aug 31||685||121,833|
|1974||Jul 1 - Sep 15||563||24,261|
|1975||Jul 1 - Aug 31||1168||120,072|
|1976||Jul 1 - Aug 31||1685||226,571|
|1977||Jul 1 - Aug 31||1903||239,643|
|1978||Jul 1 - Aug 31||3093||298,019|
|1979||Jul 1 - Aug 31||2640||291,848|
|1980||Jul 1 - Aug 31||2935||270,421|
|1981||Jul 1 - Aug 31||2971||159,395|
|1982||Jul 1 - Aug 31||1705||97,281|
|1983||Jul 1 - Aug 31||1611||136,546|
|1984||Jul 14 - Sep 14||1316||57,743|
|1985||Jul 13 - Sep 15||745||59,922|
|1986||Jun 28 - Aug 31||717||61,799|
|1987||Jun 27 - Aug 30||1320||153,104|
|1988||Jul 2 - Sep 4||1422||93,255|
|1989||Jul 1 - Sep 3||635||34,047|
|1990||Jun 30 - Sep 2||493||18,800|
|1991||Jun 29 - Sep 1||237||8,752|
|1992||June 27 - Aug 30||175||7,560|
|1993||June 26 - Aug 29||149||6,987|
|1994||June 25 - Aug 28||97||3,789|
|1995||Jan 1- Dec 31||40||1,996*|
*-From 1995 , royalties have been paid on skins & carcases
|APPENDIX 2: Conservation of the Brush Possum within the Tasmanian Reserve System (note: only reserves 1000 hectares or more in area are presented here)|
|Name of Reserve||Area (ha)||Habitat Suitability|
|(i) National Parks|
|Cradle Mtn - Lake St Clair||161,108||**|
|Walls of Jerusalem||51,800||**|
|(ii) State Reserves|
|(iii) Nature Reserves|
|Three Hummock Island||7,284||**|
|(iv) Conservation Areas:|
* - low, ** - medium, *** - high.