Ecologists Dr Radika Michniewicz and Jodie Danvers have recorded photographic evidence of the Spotted-tailed Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) using an underpass in NSW. The Spotted-tailed Quoll is a threatened species and has a vulnerable conservation status in the state.
The photo was captured using automated cameras during monitoring for the Pacific Highway Upgrade.
“The goal of the monitoring is to determine the success of fauna underpasses, which are routinely used to mitigate the potential barrier effects of roads, and to reduce road-related mortality,” explains Dr Michniewicz.
“Evidence of use by the Spotted-tailed Quoll is encouraging, as not only does it demonstrate use of mitigation measures by target species, but it also provides a local record of a cryptic threatened species.”
The findings are described in a research paper entitled Use of a combined drainage/fauna underpass by the Spotted-tailed Quoll, Dasyurus maculatus, published in the Australian Zoologist.
To find out more about the published research please contact Dr Radika Michniewicz, Senior Ecologist, Niche Environment and Heritage:
T 0488 774 081
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