White-tailed dunnart

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White-tailed dunnart
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Dasyuromorphia
Family: Dasyuridae
Genus: Sminthopsis
Species: S. granulipes
Binomial name
Sminthopsis granulipes
Troughton, 1932
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White-tailed dunnart range

The white-tailed dunnart (Sminthopsis granulipes), also known as the ash-grey dunnart, is a dunnart native to Australia.[2] It has an average body length of 126–168 mm (5.0–6.6 in), a snout to anus length of 70-100 mm, a tail measurement of 56-68 mm and a weight which varies between 18 and 35 grams (0.6 and 1.2 oz). The tail is often swollen at the base with brown near anus to white at the tip.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

This dasyurid occupies two separate areas in Western Australia. The first is east of Perth in the western Goldfields area and the second is to the north of Perth between Kalbarri and Jurien Bay. Habitat consists of coastal heath and sparse to dense shrublands sometimes with mallee eucalypt.

Social organisation and breeding[edit]

Little is known of the behaviour and breeding of this marsupial, though it is most likely nocturnal. It breeds from June through August with young weaned by October.

Diet[edit]

The white-tailed dunnart mainly eats insects.

References[edit]

  1. ^ McKenzie, N. (2008). Sminthopsis granulipes. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 28 December 2008. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
  2. ^ Groves, C. P. (2005). "Order Dasyuromorphia". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 34. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 

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