Annotated Bibliography

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Annotated Bibliography – Tasmanian Devil, Sarcophilus harrisii

Glen AS, Dickman CR (2005) Diet of the spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) in eastern Australia: effects of season, sex and size. Journal of Zoology, 269, 241-248.

This article explored the effects of season, sex and body size of spotted-tailed quolls on food intake and chosen prey items. The aim was to determine if these factors influenced the diet of the quolls and whether diet trends were similar to those of quolls in other geographic locations. The study was conducted over 20 months and included the trapping of quolls for scat collection as well as the collection of scats from set transects. Prey remains from the scats were identified using keys and reference specimens to the lowest taxonomic level of confidence. It was found that mammals dominate the diet of quolls; however they were consumed less frequently over summer while insects and reptile consumption increased in frequency over summer. Gender and body size was not found to influence food intake significantly however there was a trend that smaller quolls consumed more invertebrates than mammals. Data gathered from this study was broadly similar to that gathered from populations of quolls in different geographic locations. As both the quoll and Tasmanian Devil are carnivorous marsupials and previous studies have provided evidence of their similarities, the conclusions from this article could be used in regards to the influence of such factors on Tasmanian Devils given there is limited resources available regarding these animals.

Green B, Eberhard I (1979) Energy requirements and sodium and water turnovers in two captive marsupial carnivores: the Tasmanian Devil, Sarcophilus harrisii, and the Native Cat, Dasyurus viverrinus. Australian Journal of Zoology, 27, 1-8.

Green and Eberhard investigated the digestive efficiencies and…...