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The distribution and abundance of an unusual resource for koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) in a sodium-poor environment

Martin, Sarah; Youngentob, Kara; Clark, Robert; Foley, William; Marsh, Karen


Environmentally available sodium tends to decrease with increasing elevation, and sodium resources in these sodium-poor environments are critical for the survival of herbivores. Eucalypt leaves in the subalpine Monaro region of NSW, Australia contain much less sodium than eucalypt leaves at lower elevations, and subalpine koalas obtain this much needed resource by eating the bark from some Eucalyptus mannifera trees. To better understand the availability of salty-barked trees, we searched for...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
Source: PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science)
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0234515
Access Rights: Open Access


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