Antechinus stuartii (Macleay, 1841), Manly, New South Wales, Australia. Two subspecies described.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Macleay’s marsupial mouse, Stuart’s antechinus.
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.
Australian east coast and hinterland from southeast Queensland to southern New South Wales.
Wet to dry forests with dense floor cowl and quite a few logs.
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.
Tightly synchronized mating season (two weeks). Semelparous with abrupt male die-off instantly after mating season. Probably promiscuous.