BSc (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) (Hons)
Submitted in total fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of
In Australia multiple species have been introduced that have since undergone declines in their native range. The hog deer (Axis porcinus) is one such species, which was introduced in the 1860s to Victoria, Australia, and has since become endangered in its native range throughout Southeast Asia. Due to its globally endangered status but existing as both an invasive and important game species within Victoria, management of hog deer in Australia is complex. Genetic analysis of the Victorian population provides an effective tool to ensure management of hog deer addresses questions surrounding effective population control, game management, and conservation considerations. The aim of this thesis is to examine the genetic diversity and structure of hog deer in Victoria to inform management, and to create a DNA profiling system as a resource to identify illegal hunting.