Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/30506
Title: Camera trap detection of mycophagy among co-occurring vertebrates
Contributor(s): Elliott, Todd F  (author)orcid ; Vernes, Karl  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2021-05
Early Online Version: 2020-12-13
DOI: 10.1111/aec.12988
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/30506
Abstract: Thirty camera traps were deployed for a total of 4179 trap-nights between January and June 2020 as part of a project assessing post-fire recovery of pademelons (Thylogale spp.) in northern New South Wales. By chance, one camera documented a site that was highly productive for the ectomycorrhizal fungal genus Amanita. This camera provided a rare opportunity to document a diversity of co-habitating vertebrates that utilise these ectomycorrhizal fungi for food and in turn perform an important ecosystem function through the dispersal of their spores. Our camera recorded eleven vertebrate species; of these, we captured photographic evidence of Australian brush-turkeys (Alectura lathami), a parma wallaby (Notamacropus parma), long-nosed bandicoots (Perameles nasuta), red-legged pademelons (Thylogale stigmatica) and red-necked pademelons (T. thetis) feeding on fungal fruiting bodies.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Austral Ecology, 46(3), p. 496-500
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1442-9993
1442-9985
Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 060202 Community Ecology (excl. Invasive Species Ecology)
060201 Behavioural Ecology
060208 Terrestrial Ecology
Field of Research (FoR) 2020: 310302 Community ecology (excl. invasive species ecology)
310301 Behavioural ecology
310308 Terrestrial ecology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 960806 Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
Appears in Collections:Journal Article
School of Environmental and Rural Science

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