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Long-tailed Dunnart Facts

TAXONOMY

Sminthopsis longicaudata (Spencer, 1909), Western Australia, Australia.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Long-tailed marsupial mouse.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Length 3.1–3.9 in (80–100 mm). Gray above, white beneath, white ft; scaly tail with quick hairs greater than twice size of head and physique.

DISTRIBUTION

Arid inside of western and central Australia.

HABITAT

Rugged scree, boulders, and rocky plateau, sparsely vegetated with shrubs and spinifex hummocks.

BEHAVIOR

Active and succesful climber with striated footpads.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Small to giant bugs and spiders.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Probably promiscuous. Long breeding season, winter to spring.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Lower Risk. One of essentially the most hardly ever recorded dasyurids, however with a broad, undisturbed vary. May be regionally frequent.