The Yellow-bellied Glider: a review of its ecology, and management considerations
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Ross L. Goldingay, Rodney P. Kavanagh, 1991. "The Yellow-bellied Glider: a review of its ecology, and management considerations", Conservation of Australia’s Forest Fauna, Daniel Lunney
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1Biology Department, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, New South Wales. Australia 2500.
Present address: Department of Biology, University of California. Riverside, CA, USA 92521.
2Forestry Commission of New South Wales, P.O. Box 100. Beecroft, New South Wales, Australia 2119.
Despite the difficulties associated with conducting research on the Yellow-bellied Glider Petaurus australis, a reasonable body of information has accumulated on its ecology. This information has been collected from several locations throughout the species’ range. Thus, it is timely to present a synthesis of these studies. Moreover, due to the patchiness of its populations and further fragmentation and alteration of habitat from logging, it is appropriate to consider such information in a management context Yellow-bellied Gliders live in small family groupings (either monogamous or polygynous) which occupy large and exclusive home-ranges (30–65 ha), apparently because of the ephemeral nature of their food resources. This species is extremely vocal and this can be useful as a technique for censusing its abundance. Gliders make characteristic incisions into trees when feeding on sap and the identification of these trees can be used to determine the presence of gliders on a regional basis. We outline how gliders may be affected by habitat alteration and review information on the use of corridors by gliders. We suggest that studies are now required to determine the effectiveness of present management decisions and to examine directly the impact of logging on the behavioral ecology of this species.