Sea level rise and vulnerable species: A study of the False water rat (Xeromys myoides) Summary of Traill et al. (2011)

Water Mice are almost entirely dependent on mangrove habitats, dominated by Avicennia, Rhizophora and Bruguiera species.They nest in mangrove-sedge-saline grassland ecotones. The specialized obligate carnivores rely on mangrove systems for prey items, in particular crustaceans, insects and molluscs.

Models of the effects of sea level rise on coastal vegetation in Moreton Bay indicate the area of mangroves is likely to increase as mangrove migrate into low lying lands that are not yet developed. Models of the future population of the Water Mouse indicate that populations can increase as their habitat area increases. Effects of climate change interacts with human settlements to influence a vulnerable species. Models of the effects of climate change should integrate with patterns of human settlements and behaviors to fully understand the future of vulnerable and threatened species. 



Detailed Descriptions
Case Study
050211 - Wildlife and Habitat Management, 060205 - Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology), 050101 - Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Geographic and Temporal Extents
Moreton Bay (R)
South East Queensland
South Eastern Queensland
Start 2011/01/01 Start text End 2100/01/01 End text
Attributions and Constraints
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Christine Hosking (Adams-Hosking), Morena Mills, Cath Lovelock
Summary of Traill et al. (2011) Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland. Christine Hosking, Morena Mills and Cath Lovelock (2012). Sea level rise and vulnerable species: A study of the False water rat (Xeromys myoides)
Professor Cath Lovelock