Diet of the possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) in three Tasmanian forest types and its relevance to the diet of possums in New Zealand forests

The diet of common brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula), was studied in Tasmania in dry sclerophyll forest at Kempton and in mature wet sclerophyll forest and regenerating wet sclerophyll forest in the Florentine Valley. Faecal analysis was used to determine diet; animals were live trapped to collect faeces. In dry forest possums ate mainly grasses, herbs, Acacia and Eucalyptus spp.; in the wet forests, Nothofagus cunninghamii, Pommaderris apetala, Phebalium squameum, ferns and grasses. Vegetation in Tasmanian forests showed less sign of browsing than forests in New Zealand where possums have been present for only 100 years. Plants in Tasmania appear better adapted to withstand browsing than many of those in New Zealand

Author Fitzgerald, A.E.
Secondary Author Smith, A.P.; Hume, I.D.
Year 1984
Secondary title Possums and Gliders
Place published Chipping Norton, N.S.W.
Publisher Surrey Beatty and Sons and Australian Mammal Socie
Pages 137-143