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 conservation of leadbeather's possum, Gymnobelideus leadbeateri McCoy, a case study of the use of bioclimatic modelling.
The conservation of Lleadbeater's possum, Gymnobelideus leadbeateri (McCoy): A case study of the use of bioclimatic modelling.
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.
Metapopulation viability of Lead-better's Possum, Gymnobelideus leadbeateri, in fragmented old-growth forests.
As a PhD student in the early 1980s, Lindenmayer conducted a ground-breaking study of the habitat requirements of Leadbeater's possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri) in the lofty mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans) forests of Victoria's Central Highlands.
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.
Predictions of the impacts of changes in population size and of environmental variability on Leadbeater's possum, Gymnobelideus leadbeateri McCoy (Marsupialia: Petauridae) using population viability analysis: an application of the computer program VORTEX.
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.
Metapopulation viability of Leadheater's Possum, Gymnobelideus leadbeateri, in fragmented old growth ash forests.
Some species, such as the Brush-tailed Rockwallaby Petrogale penicillata, Leadbeater's Possum Gymnobelideus leadbeateri, New Holland Mouse Pseudomys novaehollandiae, Smoky Mouse P fumeus and Broad-toothed Rat Mastacomys fuscus, are now vulnerable and--on current trends or because of their now very small population or highly limited range --may become extinct in Victoria within a few decades.
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).