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Emerging disease and population decline of an island endemic, the Tasmanian devil Sarcophilus harrisii

Hawkins, Clare E; Baars, C; Hesterman, H; Hocking, G J; Jones, Menna E; Lazenby, B; Mann, D; Mooney, N; Pemberton, D; Pyecroft, Stephen; Restani, M; Wiersma, J


We present evidence that Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) is an emerging disease that is now widespread and constitutes a serious threat to the Tasmanian devil Sarcophilus harrisii. This species, the world's largest extant marsupial carnivore, is endemic to Tasmania. DFTD is a cancerous disease found exclusively in wild devil populations, and appears to be consistently fatal to afflicted individuals. We draw on data from a wide range of sources and locations across Tasmania, acquired through...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Biological Conservation
DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2006.04.010


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