Proceedings of the New Zealand Ecological Society (1975) 22: 25- 27

Autumn food of the brush-tailed opossum, (Trichosurus vulpecula [Kerr]) in the Otari Reserve, Wellington.

Research Article
T. P. G. Purchas  
  1. Ecology Division, D.S.I.R., Lower Hutt

The stomach contents of 34 opossums collected from Otari reserve, Wellington, New Zealand, were examined and fragments of leaves and leaf cuticles were identified. Leaves were the main food though flowers, fruit and at least one insect were also taken. The main species eaten were kohekohe (Dysoxylum spectabile), pohuehue (Muehlenbeckia australis), hinau (Elaeocarpus dentatus), climbing rata (Metrosideros fulgens), five-finger (Pseudopanax arboreum), tawa (Beilschmiedia tawa) and lawyer (Rubus cissoids)