These were Southern Brown Bandicoot Isoodon obesulus obesulus, Swamp Antechinus Antechinus minimus maritimus, White-footed Dunnart Sminthopsis leucopus and Eastern Pygmy Possum
At the temperate end of the Great Dividing Range, rising temperatures are expected to add additional pressure to the endangered Mountain pygmy possum
, which hibernates beneath the winter snow on some of Australia's highest peaks.
Time is fast running out for one of Australia's most charismatic marsupials, the threatened mountain pygmy possum
Of the small mammal taxa, all but the Eastern Pygmy Possum
(Cercartetus nanus) were recorded.
From mammals such as the pygmy possum
we saw some of the longest, stickiest and most productive tongues this side of Swedish Nursemaids 10.
A ringtail possum (left) and a pygmy possum
are treated by a wildlife official in Sydney, Australia
Other arboreal species, Eastern Pygmy Possum
Cercartetus nanus and Little Pygmy Possum
Cercartetus lepidus, are listed as near threatened on the Advisory List but not listed under the FFG.
'Our deep sustainability pedagogy involves spurning doom and gloom, not getting on your soapbox, and understanding the link between turning on a light switch and its effect on biodiversity and the fate of a mountain pygmy possum
, for instance.'
Above us, as we played with a pygmy possum
, exotic birds flew freely among the branches of the luxuriant tropical trees.
A long-term population study of the critically endangered Mountain Pygmy Possum
Burramys parvus, revealed that the Great Alpine Road bisected important habitat patches (Mansergh and Scotts 1989).
A temperature increase of just 0.9[degrees]C, according to Dr Jones, would be enough for the mountain pygmy possum
to completely lose its unique 'bioclimatic envelope' (climate-suitable habitat range).