Short-term movement patterns and diet of small dasyurid marsupials in semiarid Australia

Lisa Warnecke*, Gerhard Körtner, Chris J. Burwell, James M. Turner, Fritz Geiser

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Since little information is available on the spatial ecology of small arid-zone marsupials, we used radio-tracking to investigate the small-scale activity patterns of three dasyurid species in semiarid Australia. Sminthopsis crassicaudata, Planigale gilesi and S. macroura were equipped with miniature radio-transmitters to monitor choice of resting sites and daily movements. Resting sites were located within an area of 1.27±0.36ha, 0.12±0.02ha and 3.60±0.95ha, respectively and individuals returned to previously used resting sites regularly. We also analysed scat samples of S. crassicaudata and P. gilesi, and identified Araneae, Hymenoptera and Orthoptera as the major prey taxa for both species. Our study presents the first radio-tracking-based information on movements for these species in semiarid habitat, which indicates that, over a period of several weeks, resting sites are situated within small and defined areas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-54
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Mammalogy
Issue number1
Early online date7 Oct 2011
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • arid zone
  • Dasyuridae
  • insectivorous diet
  • nesting range
  • Planigale
  • Sminthopsis


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