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New Holland mouse Pseudomys novaehollandiae (Rodentia: Muridae) in South Gippsland, southern Victoria. Part two - conservation and management



New Holland mouse Pseudomys novaehollandiae (Rodentia: Muridae) in South Gippsland, southern Victoria. Part two - conservation and management



Victorian Naturalist (Blackburn) 113(6): 281-288



A survey for New Holland Mouse Pseudomys novaehollandiae populations in areas of South Gippsland, conducted by the then Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (currently Department of Natural Resources and Environment) located two previously unknown populations of New Holland Mouse numbering 15 individuals on the Yanakie Isthmus, Wilsons Promontory National Park. However, populations which were known from the Promontory and McLoughlins Beach (on Ninety Mile Beach) are believed to be no longer present. The species was not detected at two further areas formerly known to support it, Dream/Hummock Island and Mullungdung State Forest; however, further surveying at both areas is recommended. At Wilsons Promontory, New Holland Mice were found in vegetated sand dune systems which had not been burnt for 20-30 years. This finding indicated that New Holland Mice inhabiting such habitat were not necessarily reliant on an actively regenerating understorey as they are in other habitats (e.g. coastal heath). Their habitat at Wilsons Promontory appears to be under threat from Coast Tea-tree Leptospermum laevigatum and Coastal Wattle Acacia sophorae invasion. Recommendations for appropriate management of the New Holland Mouse populations and their habitat are provided. Restoration of the native grassland - open woodland vegetation types in the vicinity of the populations will assist viability of the species in the long-term. Dunes systems in other areas of South Gippsland similar to those inhabited by New Holland Mice at Wilsons Promontory should be surveyed for this species. The Wilsons Promontory populations currently represent the only populations of New Holland Mice known from South Gippsland.

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