Macquarie Island nature reserve vertebrate pests and reserve management programEntry ID: ASAC_101
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The diets of Mus musculus and Rattus rattus on Macquarie Island were investigated by analysis of stomach contents collected monthly for 12 months. The diet of the house mouse was found to be mainly invertebrate ... matter but that of the ship rat was mainly plant material. Seasonal variations were found in both diets but were greater in that of the ship rat than that of the house mouse.
Observations of ducks on Macquarie Island in December 1985 and 1986 are summarised. Although the island has many wetlands, previous records suggest that ducks mainly use those within wet tussock grasslands in the lowland, coastal areas: recent observations confirm this. Reduced primary productivity on plateau wetlands may result in minimal secondary production of foods in a relatively harsh environment, one where nesting cover has been degraded by introduced rabbits and where predatory skuas are prevalent. Ducks, including hybrids between Grey Duck and the alien Mallard, used Square Lake and Duck Lagoon for feeding and resting, although their rate of feeding was higher at Square Lake. Broods were recorded only at Duck Lagoon, where Poa foliosa provides extensive cover. Introgression on Macquarie Island has occurred unsupported by local liberations, distant from human activity, and has implications for the gene pool of Grey Duck elsewhere.
The total number of Royal Penguins (Eudyptes schlegeli) breeding on subantarctic Macquarie Island is estimated at 848 719 pairs (plus or minus 10.5%) based on two methods of estimation. The sizes and locations of all 57 colonies are given as a baseline for future changes in the species' abundance. Current estimates of the sizes of two colonies are compared with historical estimates made by the Australasian Antarctic Expedition in 1912-13.
Start Date: 1988-10-28Stop Date: 1999-04-18
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > BIRDS
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > MAMMALS
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES
BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS > SPECIES/POPULATION INTERACTIONS > INDIGENOUS/NATIVE SPECIES
BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS > SPECIES/POPULATION INTERACTIONS > EXOTIC SPECIES
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Phone: +61 3 6233 6728
Fax: +61 3 6233 3477
Email: geoffco at dpiwe.tas.gov.au
Department of Tourism, Arts and the Environment Parks and Wildlife Service 134 Macquarie Street
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7000
Copson G.R. (1988) The status of the black-browed and grey-headed albatrosses on Macquarie Island. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 122(1). 137-141
Rounsevell D. (1988) Periodic irruptions of itinerant leopard seals within the Australasian sector of the Southern Ocean, 1976-86. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 122(1). 189-191
... Norman F.I. (1990) Macquarie Island ducks - habitats and hybrids. Notornis 37. 53-58
Copson G.R. (1986) The diet of the introduced rodents Mus musculus L. and Rattus rattus L. on subantarctic Macquarie Island. Australian Wildlife Research 13. 441-445;
Testa W.J., Ainley D.G., Bengston J.L., Siniff D.B. (1991) Temporal variability in Antarctic marine ecosystems: periodic fluctuations in the phocid seals. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 48(4). 631-
Copson G.R., Rounsevell D.E. (1986) The abundance of royal penguins (Eudyptes schlegeli , Finsch) breeding at Macquarie Island. ANARE Research Notes 41. 11 pp
Copson G.R. (1990) Giant petrels. Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds;
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DIF Creation Date: 2000-07-18
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-08-28