Current and predicted future distributions of wallabies in mainland New Zealand

  title={Current and predicted future distributions of wallabies in mainland New Zealand},
  author={A. David M. Latham and M. Cecilia Latham and Bruce Warburton},
  journal={New Zealand Journal of Zoology},
  pages={31 - 47}
ABSTRACT Bennett's (Notamacropus rufogriseus) and dama (N. eugenii) wallabies have been increasing in numbers and distribution in mainland New Zealand. Here, we update their current distributions; estimate current rates of spread to predict their future distributions; and describe the extent of suitable habitat for each species. Current distributions based on breeding populations and probable distributions based on outlier confirmed sightings resulting from natural dispersal and illegal… 

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