Brown antechinus

Antechinus stuartii

SUBFAMILY

Dasyurinae

TAXONOMY

Antechinus stuartii (Macleay, 1841), Manly, New South Wales, Australia. Two subspecies described.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Macleay's marsupial mouse, Stuart's antechinus. PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Length 2.9-5.5 in (74-140 mm). Uniform grayish brown; paler below, with thin, hairy tail almost body length; broad head with pale fur around eye.

DISTRIBUTION

Australian east coast and hinterland from southeast Queensland to southern New South Wales.

HABITAT

Wet to dry forests with dense ground cover and numerous logs.

BEHAVIOR

Nocturnal, but may be active during day if food scarce. Terrestrial; partly arboreal if sparse groundcover or larger terrestrial competitor present.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Lives up to five or six years in the wild. Up to four young from ages two to six. Probably promiscuous.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Small to large insects, beetles, and spiders.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Tightly synchronized mating season (two weeks). Semelparous with abrupt male die-off immediately after mating season. Probably promiscuous.

CONSERVATION STATUS Lower Risk.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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