Leadbeater's Possum


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Leadbeater’s Possum

 

(Gymnobelideus leadbeateri), a mammal of the family Phalangeridae. The body measures approximately 14 cm in length, and the tail approximately 16 cm. The back is gray, and the underparts are yellow. The animal is distributed in Australia, in the southeastern part of the state of Victoria. A nocturnal animal, it inhabits forests. Leadbeater’s possum is extremely rare.

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The 2099 fires produced a significant decline in large old hollow-bearing trees, almost no remaining old growth forest, a predominance of dense young regrowth, and increased risk of extinction of Leadbeater's possum.
Red-tailed Phascogale Phascogale calura is considered regionally extinct, Leadbeater's Possum Gymnobelideus lead-beateri, Squirrel Glider and Spot-tailed Quoll Dasyurus maculatus are endangered and Brush-tailed Phascogale Phascogale tapoatafa and Greater Glider Petauroides volans are vulnerable.
2 million investment to establish the Yellingbo Conservation Reserve with improved habitat for two of our state's most threatened species, the Leadbeater's Possum and the Helmeted Honeyeater.
Their hollows offer nests and shelter for birds and animals like Australia's endangered Leadbeater's Possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri) -- and their loss could mean extinction for such creatures.
Starting with our own Leadbeater's Possum, from Victoria, the spread shows a striking illustration of the animal.
Using the computer program, VORTEX, to simulate genetic, demographic, environmental, and random events, workshop participants: (1) examined the status of data on six threatened species (mountain pygmy-possum, Burramys parvus; leadbeater's possum, Gymnobelideus leadbeateri; eastern barred bandicoot, Perameles gunnii; long-footed potorroo, Potorous longipes; orange-bellied parrot, Neophema chrysogaster, and helmeted honeyeater, Lichenostomus melanops cassidix); (2) simulated their vulnerability to extinction; (3) examined outcomes of management options to restore the species; (4) estimated population targets needed for recovery planning; and (5) evaluated the potential of PVA as a teaching aid to illustrate extinction processes and management options.
For example, Lindenmayer and Possingham (1995) considered correlated disturbance events, which ultimately drove the simulated dynamics of a metapopulation of Leadbeater's possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri) in the forests of southeastern Australia.
These forests are virtually the only habitat of Victoria's faunal emblem, the critically endangered Leadbeater's Possum, which has suffered an 80 per cent reduction in population since the 1980s, when a relentless program of clear fell logging took hold in these forests.
In 2015, after an extensive review by the Australian Government's Threatened Species Scientific Committee, the conservation listing of Leadbeater's Possum Gymnobelideus leadbeateri under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 was upgraded from 'Endangered' to 'Critically Endangered' due to the very severe magnitude of recent and projected population declines (Threatened Species Scientific Committee 2015).
When she visited Healesville Sanctuary with her young child and saw the delicate Leadbeater's Possum, she realised the species' future was hanging by a thread because its natural habitat was still being logged.