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Range extension of the Short-beaked Echidna Tachyglossus aculeatus (Monotremata: Tachyglossidae) and the Northern Brown Bandicoot Isoodon macrourus (Marsupialia: Peramelidae) in Queensland: Mua (Moa Island), Torres Strait

Title

Range extension of the Short-beaked Echidna Tachyglossus aculeatus (Monotremata: Tachyglossidae) and the Northern Brown Bandicoot Isoodon macrourus (Marsupialia: Peramelidae) in Queensland: Mua (Moa Island), Torres Strait (355 KB) pdf document icon

Author/s

Hitchcock, G., Conaty, S.D., Fell, D.G., Gordon, G., Ingram, M.S., Reis, T.M., Stanton, D.J. & Wigness, J.N.

Citation

Hitchcock, G., Conaty, S.D., Fell, D.G., Gordon, G., Ingram, M.S., Reis, T.M., Stanton, D.J. & Wigness, J.N. 2014. Range extension of the Short-beaked Echidna Tachyglossus aculeatus (Monotremata: Tachyglossidae) and the Northern Brown Bandicoot Isoodon macrourus (Marsupialia:
Peramelidae) in Queensland: Mua (Moa Island), Torres Strait. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum – Nature 59: 1–7. 

Accepted 14 November 2013
Published online 7 November 2014
Peer reviewed:

Yes

DOI

https//doi.org/10.17082/j.2204-1478.59.2014.2013-06

Keywords Echidna, Bandicoot, Torres Strait Islands, refugial fauna, translocation, dispersal

Abstract

Until recently there have been no confirmed records of medium-sized native terrestrial mammals from the Torres Strait Islands, far north Queensland. The Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus Shaw, 1792) and the Northern Brown Bandicoot (Isoodon macrourus Gould, 1842) are reported here occurring on Mua (Moa Island). This is the most northerly known occurrence of these species in Australia; both also occur in New Guinea.