Conserving and restoring endangered southern populations of the Squirrel Glider (Petaurus norfolcensis) in agricultural landscapes

Mason Crane, David B. Lindenmayer, Sam C. Banks

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Abstract

Southern Squirrel Glider (Petaurus norfolcensis) populations are genetically distinct and generally found in the agricultural landscapes inland of Australia's Great Dividing Range. These populations are considered to be under greater threat of extinction than northern, coastal populations and face a unique set of environmental conditions and conservation challenges. For these reasons, we suggest that southern populations qualify as a separate evolutionarily significant unit to those from the northern, coastal segment of the range and should be managed separately. We summarize the species’ ecology specific to southern populations and relevant to management. We conduct a basic SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis to highlight potential future management directions. From our review of new and existing ecological data and SWOT analysis, we outline ten points of action important for securing the future of southern Squirrel Glider populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-25
Number of pages11
JournalEcological Management and Restoration
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes

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