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Trichosurus vulpecula (Common Brushtail)

Wikipedia Abstract

The common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula, from the Greek for "furry tailed" and the Latin for "little fox", previously in the genus Phalangista) is a nocturnal, semi-arboreal marsupial of the family Phalangeridae, it is native to Australia, and the second largest of the possums. The common brushtail possum was introduced to New Zealand in 1837 to establish a fur industry, but in the mild subtropical climate of New Zealand, and with few to no natural predators, it thrived to the extent that it became a major agricultural and conservation pest.
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Invasive Species

The brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) is a solitary, nocturnal, arboreal marsupial introduced from Australia. It damages native forests in New Zealand by selective feeding on foliage and fruits and also preys on bird nests and is a vector for bovine tuberculosis.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
4
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
25
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 9.89
EDGE Score: 2.39

Attributes

Adult Weight [1]  5.28 lbs (2.395 kg)
Birth Weight [1]  0.279 grams
Diet [2]  Frugivore, Granivore, Herbivore
Diet - Fruit [2]  20 %
Diet - Plants [2]  60 %
Diet - Seeds [2]  20 %
Forages - Arboreal [2]  100 %
Female Maturity [1]  10 months 15 days
Male Maturity [1]  2 years
Gestation [1]  17 days
Litter Size [1]  1
Litters / Year [1]  1.5
Maximum Longevity [1]  16 years
Nocturnal [2]  Yes
Weaning [1]  6 months 24 days

Ecoregions

Protected Areas

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Southwest Australia Australia No

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Consumers

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Range Map

Distribution

Australia;

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Citations

Attributes / relations provided by
1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
2Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
3Brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) diet in a north Westland mixed-beech (Nothofagus) forest, C. Hamish Cochrane, David A. Norton, Craig J. Miller and Robert B. Allen, New Zealand Journal of Ecology (2003) 27(1): 61-65
4Diet of herbivorous marsupials in a Eucalyptus marginata forest and their impact on the understorey vegetation, K A Shepherd, G W Wardell-Johnson, W A Loneragan & D T Bell, Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 80:47-54, 1997
5NUTRITIONAL PROPERTIES OF SOME FRUITS EATEN BY THE POSSUM TRICHOSURUS VULPECULA IN A NEW ZEALAND BROADLEAF – PODOCARP FOREST, C. K. WILLIAMS, New Zealand Journal of Ecology 5: 16-20
6NUTRITIONAL PROPERTIES OF SOME FRUITS EATEN BY THE POSSUM TRICHOSURUS VULPECULA IN A NEW ZEALAND BROADLEAF – PODOCARP FOREST, C. K. WILLIAMS, New Zealand Journal of Ecology 5: 16-20 (1982)
7Olsen, J., Judge, D., Fuentes, E., Rose, AB and Debus, S. (2010). Diets of Wedge-tailed Eagles (Aquila audax) and Little Eagles (Hieraaetus morphnoides) breeding near Canberra, Australia Journal of Raptor Research 44: 50–61
89.1 Dingo, Canis lupus dingo, L.K. Corbett, Sillero-Zubiri, C., Hoffmann, M. and Macdonald, D.W. (eds). 2004. Canids: Foxes, Wolves, Jackals and Dogs. Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan. IUCN/SSC Canid Specialist Group. Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. x + 430 pp.
9Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
10Dasyurus maculatus, Menna E. Jones, Robert K. Rose, and Scott Burnett, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 676, pp. 1–9 (2001)
11Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
12Feeding Habits of the Diamond Python, Morelia s. spilota: Ambush Predation by a Boid Snake, David J. Slip and Richard Shine, Journal of Herpetology, Vol. 22, No. 3, pp. 323-330, 1988
13Diet and habitat of the powerful owl (Ninox strenua) living near Melbourne, Elizabeth Lavazanian, M. App. Sc. thesis, Deakin University (1996)
14International Flea Database
15Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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