Pilbara ningaui

Ningaui timealeyi

SUBFAMILY

Sminthopsinae

TAXONOMY

Ningaui timealeyi (Archer, 1975), Western Australia, Australia.

OTHER COMMON NAMES English: Ealey's ningaui.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Length 1.8-2.2 in (46-57 mm). Minute predatory dasyruid with grizzled gray, bristly fur, and furred, long tail.

DISTRIBUTION

Restricted distribution on Hamersley Plateau, Western Australia.

HABITAT

Semi-arid grasslands. Prefers drainage lines where large hummocks of spinifex, scattered shrubs, and mallee trees grow.

BEHAVIOR

Mostly nocturnal.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Desert centipedes and cockroaches that may be larger than itself.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Probably promiscuous. Potentially long breeding season (six months) to allow for annual rains. Pouch a simple furless depression in belly. Semelparous. Four to six young are independent at 0.07 oz (2 g) body weight.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Lower Risk. Common. May survive only in moister pockets of habitat in dry seasons, repopulating after rains.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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