Using eDNA to detect endangered New Holland mice in Tasmania

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NRM North Community Grants 2016

The New Holland mouse (Pseudomys novaehollandiae) is listed as endangered in Tasmania but locating this rare species is difficult because they are near impossible to see or trap. This project proposes to search for remaining populations using an innovative technique examining prey DNA contained in predator scats (faeces). The New Holland Mouse is likely to be prey for a number of carnivores in the Tasmanian landscape and as such, is an ideal candidate. In 2014, over 700 scats were collected from areas of New Holland mouse habitat in Tasmania as part of a carnivore scat survey. These samples could reveal surviving New Holland mouse populations and enable recovery actions involving community groups.