Feral cat (Felis catus) predation confirmed for Rothschild's rock-wallaby (Petrogale rothschildi) in the Pilbara

Hannah Anderson, Brooke Richards, William Ross, Russell Palmer

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    Abstract

    Rothschild's rock-wallaby (Petrogale rothschildi) is endemic to the Pilbara and Ashburton regions of Western Australia. This large species of rock-wallaby is currently not recognised as threatened but is poorly known. Feral cats are a serious threat to many mainland Australian mammals, including some species of rock-wallaby, however their impact on P. rothschildi is largely unknown. Here we provide the first account of feral cat predation on Rothschild's rock-wallaby, which was confirmed via genetic analysis. Common rock rats were abundant at the time and are the primary prey for cats, suggesting this was an incidental predation event by this highly opportunistic predator.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalAustralian Mammalogy
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    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Jun 2021

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