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regurgitation or mercyism in the western native cat, dasyurus geoffroii, and the red-tailed wambenger, phascogale calura (marsupialia, dasyuridae). 19744833187
non-invasive monitoring of adrenocortical physiology in a threatened australian marsupial, the western quoll (dasyurus geoffroii).reintroduction has become an increasingly important conservation tool in australia, yet the effects of stress on species during reintroduction programs have received little attention. the use of enzyme immunoassays to measure faecal glucocorticoid metabolites (fgm) is a useful non-invasive technique to monitor adrenal activity but requires validation before they can be reliably used. as part of a large reintroduction project, the goals of this study were to 1) monitor fgm in 53 western quolls (d ...201931687147
next generation sequencing reveals widespread trypanosome diversity and polyparasitism in marsupials from western australia.in western australia a number of indigenous trypanosoma spp. infect susceptible native marsupials, such as the woylie (bettongia penicillata), brushtail possum (trichosurus vulpecula), and chuditch (dasyurus geoffroii). two genotypes of trypanosoma copemani (identified as g1 and g2) have been found in the woylie, and g2 has been implicated in the decline of this host species, making its presence of particular interest. here we used targeted amplicon next generation sequencing (ngs) of the trypan ...201829988778
metabolic, ventilatory and hygric physiology of the chuditch (dasyurus geoffroii; marsupialia, dasyuridae).the chuditch is a large carnivorous dasyurid marsupial. historically it had one of the widest geographical distributions of all marsupials, encompassing much of arid australia, but it is now restricted to the mesic south-west of western australia. it is therefore of interest to determine if its physiology better reflects adaptation to its historically arid or present mesic habitat. the basic physiological parameters of the chuditch conform to other marsupials. body mass of males (1385 g) was >40 ...200919447187
morphological and molecular description of ixodes woyliei n. sp. (ixodidae) with consideration for co-extinction with its critically endangered marsupial host.taxonomic identification of ticks obtained during a longitudinal survey of the critically endangered marsupial, bettongia penicillata gray, 1837 (woylie, brush-tailed bettong) revealed a new species of ixodes latrielle, 1795. here we provide morphological data for the female and nymphal life stages of this novel species (ixodes woyliei n. sp.), in combination with molecular characterisation using the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 gene (cox1). in addition, molecular characterisatio ...201728173840
hematology and serum biochemistry reference values for anesthetized chuditch (dasyurus geoffroii).blood samples from 36 clinically normal adult chuditch (dasyurus geoffroii), a carnivorous western australian native marsupial, were analyzed to establish hematologic and biochemical reference ranges for this species.19989809605
body temperatures and activity patterns of tasmanian devils (sarcophilus harrisii) and eastern quolls (dasyurus viverrinus) through a subalpine winter.during a field study of carnivorous dasyurid marsupials in subalpine tasmania, the trapping success for tasmanian devils (sarcophilus harrisii), but not for spotted-tailed quolls (dasyurus maculatus) or eastern quolls (dasyurus viverrinus), was significantly lower when winter weather conditions turned to sleet or snow or when deep snow lay on the ground. this field study was instigated to determine if devils and eastern quolls spend more time in burrows in severe weather conditions and if they e ...20089231376
forelimb myology of carnivorous marsupials (marsupialia: dasyuridae): implications for the ancestral body plan of the australidelphia.carnivorous marsupials of the family dasyuridae represent a more generalized anatomical condition of both craniodental and postcranial features in comparison to other groups of australidelphian marsupials. plesiomorphic characters include polyprotodont dentition, didactylous (rather than syndactylous) pedal morphology, the retention of clavicles and epipubic bones, and an unossified patelloid. in light of the anatomy of the postcranial skeleton, we hypothesized that the muscular anatomy of the d ...201728524458
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