As part of a wider study of neglected and undiagnosed disease syndromes observed in Australia wildlife, we investigated the possible infectious cause of several deaths in ringtail possums
that were most often associated with acute necrotizing enteritis or hepatitis.
Diet selection in the common ringtail possum
, Pseudocheirus peregrinus.
Further research is necessary to elucidate the role that ringtail possums
, small mammals, ticks, tabanid flies, and mosquitoes prevalent in this unique location might play as natural reservoirs for and vectors of F.
Where mammals are concerned, common ringtail possums
already seem to be responding to changes at the level of the individual farm, whereas brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) are more responsive to landscape level changes.
The assay does not distinguish between conjugated and free glucuronic acid (the latter comprised 5-51% of total in urine of common ringtail possums
, Pseudocheirus peregrinus; McLean et al.
With no characteristics that distinguish male from female from juvenile, lemuroid ringtail possums
are mostly a charcoal grey-brown colour with a yellowish tinge on their undersides.
In Mount Eliza on the Mornington Peninsula an overpopulation of Common Ringtail Possum
is responsible for an ongoing and unprecedented epidemic of eucalypt tree death.
Common species such as Eastern Grey Kangaroo Macropus giganteus, Black Wallaby Wallabia bicolor, Common Brushtail Possum Trichosurus vulpecula, Common Ringtail Possum
Pseudocheirus peregrinus and Common Wombat Vombatus ursinus are regularly seen.
There are also plans to reintroduce a colony of ringtail possums
, which are much smaller in size, to the municipality, and McKenzie wants the animals to have the best possible chance at survival.
Other animals--such as brushtail and ringtail possums
and many wallaby species--rely heavily on the tree's leaves.
Sterelny offers a hypothetical, initially isolated population of ringtail possums
the average weight of which is two kilograms.
For instance, why ringtail possums
eat their own manure, ants of the same species fight and kill each other to feed their victims to their young and, or why, hummingbirds must eat insects.