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Predators, prey and moonlight singing: how phases of the Moon affect native wildlife

Source: theconversation.com

Humans have long been inspired and transfixed by the Moon, and as we’re discovering, moonlight can also change the behaviour of Australian wildlife.

A collection of recently published research has illuminated how certain behaviours of animals – including potoroos, wallabies and quolls – change with variation in ambient light, phases of the Moon and cloud cover.

One study found small mammals were more active on cloudy nights. Another found variation in moonlight led to differing amounts of species captured in non-lethal traps. And a study on willie wagtails found males just love singing on a full moon. MORE

Header image: Eastern barred bandicoots became more active on darker nights. Credit: Simon Gorta.