The conservation of Lleadbeater's possum, Gymnobelideus leadbeateri
(McCoy): A case study of the use of bioclimatic modelling.
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.
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.
Australian Government (2016) DRAFT National Recovery Plan for Leadbeater's possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri
Metapopulation viability of Leadheater's Possum, Gymnobelideus leadbeateri
, in fragmented old growth ash forests.
Victoria has only one endemic mammal, the Leadbeater's Possum Gymnobelideus leadbeateri
, which is one of our State faunal emblems (Fig.
Leadbeater's possum Gymnobelideus leadbeateri
is an iconic Australian species and the faunal emblem of Victoria.
Leadbeater's Possum Gymnobelideus leadbeateri
was discovered near Bass River, south Gippsland, in 1867, and was originally known from only five specimens, the last of which was collected in 1909 (Wilkinson 1961).