OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Western quoll.

TAXONOMY

Dasyurus geoffroii (Gould, 1841), Liverpool Plains, New South Wales, Australia.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Brown above, mild beneath, with conspicuous white spots on physique, and bushy tail black on distal half.

DISTRIBUTION

Formerly western two-thirds of inland Australia. Now restricted to 9 localities (together with reintroduction websites) within the excessive southwest.

HABITAT

Open, dry eucalypt forests, woodlands, and shrublands. Formerly deserts.

BEHAVIOR

Solitary. Females preserve an unique core vary that overlaps with a number of males.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Primarily bugs, additionally birds, mammals, and reptiles. Can kill vertebrate prey bigger than physique measurement.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Up to six younger. Longevity within the wild hardly ever greater than three years. Probably promiscuous.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Vulnerable. Was Endangered till 1996. Introduced pink foxes are the first reason for decline. Current populations require ongoing fox baiting for his or her survival.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS

A nuisance as a predator of poultry.


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