Northern marsupial mole

Notoryctes caurinus

TAXONOMY

Notoryctes caurinus Thomas, 1920, Ninety Mile Beach, Wallal, Western Australia, Australia. Formerly part of N. typhlops, but separated in 1988.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Lesser marsupial mole; French: Taupe marsupiale; German: Kleiner Beutelmull; Spanish: Topo marsupial.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

As for N. typhlops, but with smaller nose shield and claws and reduced lower teeth.

DISTRIBUTION

Northwestern Western Australia, in the vicinity of Eighty Mile Beach.

HABITAT

Sandy desert.

BEHAVIOR

Lives alone; burrows in loose sand using swimming action, but creates no persistent burrow system, surfaces very occasionally.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Mostly insect larvae.

Notoryctes typhlops
Notoryctes caurinus

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Nothing is known.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Endangered.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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