Map of Tasmania showing spatial distribution of changes in mean index of eastern quoll abundance (AI) by region over the 10 years to 2009, as recorded in annual spotlight surveys, overlaid onto the predicted core habitat distribution for the eastern quoll as defined by the binary weather model.
<p>Change in AI is calculated as the change in the mean annual number of quoll sightings from 1997–99 to 2007–09 for each spotlighting region, based on the 150 transects consistently surveyed in each of these two periods [<a href="http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0129420#pone.0129420.ref007" target="_blank">7</a>]. White circles indicate an increase in AI, black circles indicate a decrease in AI for each region. Circle size indicates relative magnitude of absolute increase or decrease in AI, being large circles (>6 quoll sightings), medium circles (3–6 sightings), and small circles (<3 sightings). Eight regions have been excluded from this analysis, as there were either no eastern quoll detections in the region during the 10 year period (7 regions), or there was no change in the AI over the 10 year period (1 region).</p
Uncategorised, conservation practitioners, transect counts, quoll, weather account, weather conditions, decline, marsupial carnivore, Eastern Quoll, weather model, climate change, Occurrence records, abundance, Dasyurus viverrinus, 60 years, species decline, species distribution models, modelled area, sdm, weather variables
DOI identifier: 10.1371/journal.pone.0129420.g003
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