Longtailed dunnart

Sminthopsis longicaudata

SUBFAMILY

Sminthopsinae

TAXONOMY

Sminthopsis longicaudata (Spencer, 1909), Western Australia, Australia.

OTHER COMMON NAMES English: Long-tailed marsupial mouse.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Length 3.1-3.9 in (80-100 mm). Gray above, white below, white feet; scaly tail with short hairs more than twice length of head and body.

DISTRIBUTION

Arid interior of western and central Australia.

HABITAT

Rugged scree, boulders, and rocky plateau, sparsely vegetated with shrubs and spinifex hummocks.

BEHAVIOR

Active and capable climber with striated footpads.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Small to large insects and spiders.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Probably promiscuous. Long breeding season, winter to spring.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Lower Risk. One of the most rarely recorded dasyurids, but with a broad, undisturbed range. May be locally common.

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