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Individual study: Detection of the eastern pygmy-possum Cercartetus nanus (Marsupialia: Burramyidae) at Barren Grounds Nature Reserve, New South Wales

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Harris J.M. & Goldingay R.L. (2005) Detection of the eastern pygmy-possum Cercartetus nanus (Marsupialia: Burramyidae) at Barren Grounds Nature Reserve, New South Wales. Australian Mammalogy, 27, 85-88


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Provide artificial dens or nest boxes on trees Terrestrial Mammal Conservation

A replicated study in 2002–2003 in four forest sites in New South Wales, Australia (Harris & Goldingay 2005) found that nest boxes were used by eastern pygmy-possums Cercartetus nanus and brown antechinus Antechinus stuartii. Five individual pygmy-possums (three of which were encountered twice) at one site and five brown antechinus were detected over 264 nest box inspections. Additionally, nesting materials characteristic of pygmy-possums was detected in eight nest boxes at the one site and brown antechinus in 11 nest boxes across the sites. The study was conducted in four 1-ha sites within a 2,000-ha forest reserve. In July-November 2002, forty nest boxes were attached to tree trunks, 1–2 m above the ground. Boxes had a 15-mm-wide entry slot and were placed 10–20 m apart. Boxes were checked eight times, with visits in alternate months in 2002 and then monthly.

(Summarised by Ricardo Rocha)