The crest-tailed mulgara (Dasycercus cristicauda) in the south-eastern Strzelecki Desert

Full citation: 
Letnic, Mike, Feit, Anna, Mills, Charlotte, and Feit, Benjamin (2016). The crest-tailed mulgara (Dasycercus cristicauda) in the south-eastern Strzelecki Desert. Australian Mammalogy. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AM15027
Author/s associated with the CES: 
Mike Letnic
Anna Feit
Charlotte Mills

Our survey trips always uncover something surprising. Recently we observed a range extension of the crest-tailed mulgara or ampurta, (Dasycercus cristicauda), which was very exciting! We discuss our observations in an article published in Australian Mammalogy. The article can be accessed here: http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/AM15027.htm 

The abstract of this article is reproduced below.

We report observations of the crest-tailed mulgara (Dasycercus cristicauda) in the south-eastern Strzelecki Desert. Our observations, made during spotlight surveys and using infrared cameras, extend the contemporary range of D. cristicauda to the east by 180 km but subfossil records show that these observations are within the pre-European-settlement range of the species. Whether our observations represent a range expansion or localised population irruption of a previously unknown refuge population is not known. Future studies are recommended to establish the distribution of D. cristicauda in the region and the factors determining its distribution and abundance

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