Kultarr

Antechinomys laniger

SUBFAMILY

Sminthopsinae

TAXONOMY

Antechinomys laniger (Gould, 1856), interior New South Wales, Australia. Two subspecies described.

OTHER COMMON NAMES English: Jerboa, marsupial mouse.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Length 2.8-3.9 in (70-100 mm). Grizzled fawn-gray above, white below, with very large ears, large eyes, and a long tail with black brushed tip; hind-foot greatly elongated with only four toes.

DISTRIBUTION

Broad band across central and southern arid Australia. HABITAT

Stony and sandy desert plains and acacia scrubland where small bushes constitute the principal vegetation.

BEHAVIOR

Bounding gait; terrestrial; shelters beneath tussocks and in cracks in the soil, burrows, and logs. Nocturnal.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Large insects and spiders.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Iteroparous (breeds in multiple years) with long breeding season. Pouch a crescent-like fold over anterior part of mammary glands. Six or eight teats. Probably promiscuous.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Data Deficient. Uncommon over most of range. Populations appear to fluctuate seasonally. Not directly impacted by hu-

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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