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 under, with skinny, bushy tail virtually physique size; broad head with pale fur round eye.

DISTRIBUTION

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

HABITAT

Wet to dry forests with dense floor cowl and quite a few logs.

BEHAVIOR

Nocturnal, however could also be lively throughout day if food scarce. Terrestrial; partly arboreal if sparse groundcover or bigger terrestrial competitor current.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Small to giant bugs, beetles, and spiders.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

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

CONSERVATION STATUS

Lower Risk.


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