Strathbogie Ranges - Nature View

Ecology, landscape and natural history in the Strathbogie Ranges, Australia.

Mammals

Preliminary mammal list for the Strathbogie Ranges, North-east Victoria – 33 species. This list will be annotated as information is gathered.

Monotremes

Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

Widespread and locally common in the streams with good riparian vegetation, occasional deep holes and abundant in-stream logs and other woody debris.

Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)

Widespread and common across most parts of the Strathbogie Ranges.

Carnivorous Marsupials

Agile Antechinus (Antechinus agilis)

Common and widespread in the foothills and forests of the Strathbogies, occupying a wide range of habitats, wherever fallen timber is abundant.

Dusky Antechinus (Antechinus swainsonii)

Known from only a very few confirmed records in the Strathbogie Ranges. The Dusky Antechinus prefers wet forest and swampy vegetation with dense undergrowth to 1 m above ground. Agile Antechinus is often found in the same habitat as Dusky Antechinus and is slighly smaller in size and usually more abundant.

Yellow-footed Antechinus (Antechinus flavipes)

Likely only found on the edges of the Tableland, in drier woodlands of the lower slopes.

Brush-tailed Phascogale (Phascogale tapoatafa)

Abundance unknown, though widespread through forests, woodlands and in some roadsides. 2012 distribution map at right. Occasionally found as road-killed specimens. Individuals, particularly males, can occupy very large home-ranges. Download the Brush-tailed Phascogale Nest-box brochure here on the SRCMN website. Threatened in Victoria.

Spot-tailed Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus)

There have been several recent though unconfirmed records. The last confirmed record of the Spot-tailed Quoll in the Strathbogie Ranges was 1983. This was a live animal cornered by a farmer in a chicken pen near Creighton’s Creek. It is locally extinct over most of its former range in Victoria. Recent Victorian Government surveys (~2008-9) of intact forest habitat in the eastern Strathbogie Ranges failed to find any evidence of this species, though two recent unconfirmed reports provide some hope. Threatened in Victoria.

Bandicoots

Long-nosed Bandicoot (Perameles nasuta)

Uncommon and restricted to dense vegetation associated with creeks, wetlands and spring-soaks in agricultural areas and in the taller, wetter forests in the eastern Strathbogies. It is threatened by loss and fragmentation of the dense habitat is requires to avoid predation by foxes and cats.

Wombat & Koala

Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus)

Common and widespread in forests and the agricultural zone.

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)

Common and widespread, principally where food trees are common: Narrow-leaf Peppermint, Manna Gum, Blue Gum, Mountain Swamp Gum. Less common on the escarpments and drier slopes. Most often seen on roadsides and in paddock trees, but the tall forests of the eastern Strathbogie Ranges (where they are harder to see) represent the more secure, core habitat for this species.

Possums

Mountain Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus cunninghami)

Common and widespread, both on roadsides and in larger patches of bush. This species has thick grey fur and bushy black tail. Also known as the Short-eared Possum, its ears only just extend beyond the thick coat.

Common Brushtail Possum (T. vulpecula)

Widespread, though less common than T. cunninghami. Shorter, paler fur than T. cunninghami, a less bushy tail and longer ears.

Common Ringtail Possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus)

Widespread and common in most forests and woodlands.

Greater Glider (Petauroides volans)

Dependent on forests and roadsides with large, old trees (Manna Gum, Southern Blue Gum, Narrow-leaf peppermint & Messmate) containing hollows. Most abundant in the taller, wetter forests of the eastern Strathbogie Ranges. Threatened in Victoria.

Yellow-bellied Glider (Petaurus australis)

Known from a single location in the eastern Strathbogies record in 1995. Status unknown, possibly locally extinct in the Ranges. More information on the YBG page on Nature View.

Several months later, a stand of mature Messmate Stringybark (Eucalyptus obliqua), adjacent to the Mountain Swamp Gum habitat, was clear-felled. The logged area had contained many large, old, hollow-bearing trees and was contiguous with the riparian zone where the animals had previously been recorded.

More searches in this and nearby suitable habitat over the following years has not resulted in any more Yellow-bellied Glider observations.

Sugar Glider (Petaurus breviceps)

Widespread and fairly common, occupying roadsides and intact forest, wherever trees have suitable hollows.

Eastern Pygmy-possum (Cercartetus nanus)

Several records from the eastern Strathbogie Ranges, though its distribution is poorly understood.

Feathertail Glider (Acrobates pygmaeus)

Very few records of this small cryptic species exist. Likely to have a broader range through ‘intact’ native forest, than the records suggest.

Kangaroos & Wallabies

Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus)

Widespread and common, locally over-abundant.

Swamp Wallaby (Wallabia bicolour)

Widespread and common.

Micro-bats

Eastern Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus magaphyllus)
Gould’s Wattled Bat (Chalinolobus gouldi)
Chocolate Wattled Bat (Chalinolobus morio)
Lesser Long-eared Bat (Nyctophilus geoffroyi)
White-striped Mastiff Bat (Tadarida australis)
Southern Freetail Bat (Mormopterus planiceps long penis form)

Rodents

House Mouse (Mus musculus)
Bush Rat (Rattus fuscipes)
Black Rat (Rattus rattus)
Water Rat (Hydromys chrysogaster)
Rakali Project – Benalla & District Environment Group

Introduced Mammals

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)
Feral Cat (Felis catus)
Red Deer (Cervus elaphus)
Sambar Deer (Cervus unicolor)
Fallow Deer (Cervus dama)
European Hare (Lepus europeaus)
European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cunniculus)
Feral Pig (Sus scrofa)

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