Distribution and Impacts of Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumor Disease

  title={Distribution and Impacts of Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumor Disease},
  author={H. McCallum and D. Tompkins and Menna Jones and Shelly Lachish and S. Marvanek and Billie Lazenby and G. Hocking and J. Wiersma and C. Hawkins},
The Tasmanian devil, Sarcophilus harrisii, is the largest extant marsupial carnivore. In 1996, a debilitating facial tumor was reported. It is now clear that this is an invariably lethal infectious cancer. The disease has now spread across the majority of the range of the species and is likely to occur across the entire range within 5 to 10 years. The disease has lead to continuing declines of up to 90% and virtual disappearance of older age classes. Mark-recapture analysis and a preliminary… Expand
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