Title

A Quantitative Dietary Study of the 'Critically Endangered' Gilbert's Potoroo Potorous Gilbertii

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

CSIRO

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Natural Sciences

RAS ID

3493

Comments

Originally published as: Nguyen, V., Needham, A.D., Friend, A. (2005). A Quantitative Dietary Study of the 'Critically Endangered' Gilbert's Potoroo Potorous Gilbertii. Australian Mammalogy. 21(1), 1 - 6. original article available here

Abstract

Faecal analysis from the only known population of Gilbert’s potoroo (Potorous gilbertii) near Albany, Western Australia revealed that it, like other rat-kangaroo species is primarily mycophagous. Diet was determined by faecal collections from live-captured animals within Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve. Microscopic examination of samples collected from June - September 2000 and additional samples from storage, found fungi to comprise over 90% of faecal matter. A total of 44 fungal spore types were identified with many believed to be of hypogeous origin. Fungal spores belonging to the genera Mesophellia, Elaphomyces, Hysterangium and an unknown spore type (Unknown 1) were frequently recorded in samples. Non-fungal material including plants (stems, roots and seeds) and invertebrates represented the remainder. This investigation found that P. gilbertii fed almost exclusively on fungi and could be considered a specialised mycophagist.

DOI

10.1071/AM05001

Access Rights

free_to_read

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1071/AM05001