Remove/control non-native amphibians (e.g. cane toads)
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Whilst there are relatively few documented examples of non-native amphibians having direct detrimental impacts on native mammals, the spread of cane toads Bufo marinus in Australia is reported to have accelerated declines in northern quoll Dasyurus hallucatus which are poisoned in predation attempts on the toads (Woinarski et al. 2011). A range of methods for controlling cane toads, including biological control, have been proposed (e.g. Shanmuganathan et al. 2010; Ward-Fear et al. 2010).
Shanmuganathan T., Pallister J., Doody S., McCallum H., Robinson T., Sheppard A., Hardy C., Halliday D., Venables D., Voysey R., Strive T., Hinds L. & Hyatt A. (2010) Biological control of the cane toad in Australia: a review. Animal Conservation, 13(S1), 16–23.
Ward-Fear G., Brown G.P. & Shine R. (2010) Using a native predator (the meat ant, Iridomyrmex reburrus) to reduce the abundance of an invasive species (the cane toad, Bufo marinus) in tropical Australia. Journal of Applied Ecology, 47, 273–280.
Woinarski J.C.Z., Legge S., Fitzsimons J.A., Traill B.J., Burbidge A.A., Fisher A., Firth R.S.C., Gordon I.J., Griffiths A.D., Johnson C.N., McKenzie N.L., Palmer C., Radford I., Rankmore B., Ritchie E.G., Ward S. & Ziembicki M. (2011) The disappearing mammal fauna of northern Australia: context, cause, and response. Conservation Letters, 4, 192–201.
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This Action forms part of the Action Synopsis:Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
Terrestrial Mammal Conservation - Published 2020
Terrestrial Mammal Conservation