The black-footed tree-rat (Melville Island) is a nocturnal medium-sized native mammal and one of the largest rodents in Australia. It is a solid rodent with long shaggy medium grey to black fur on top, pale underside, large black ears and a distinctive long hairy tail with terminal white brush.
Black-footed Tree-rat (Melville Island) |
Mesembriomys gouldii melvillensis
Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Mesembriomys gouldii melvillensis
Increased degradation of habitat by inappropriate burning or clearance is likely to result in increased vulnerability to predators (McGregor et al.; 2014).
Coupling exotic invasive grasses with inappropriate burning has the potential to increase the impact of fire; because the grasses are likely to increase the intensity of fires (Rossiter et al.; 2003).