Subtropical antechinus

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Subtropical antechinus[1]
Scientific classification
A. subtropicus
Binomial name
Antechinus subtropicus
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Subtropical antechinus range

The subtropical antechinus (Antechinus subtropicus) is a species of small carnivorous marsupial of the family Dasyuridae. It was previously thought to be conspecific with the brown antechinus (Antechinus stuartii).

The subtropical antechinus is found south from Gympie in Queensland, Australia, to the far northeast of New South Wales, where it is essentially restricted to sub-tropical vine forest below 1000 m elevation. It is difficult to distinguish it from its close relatives, but its significant features include a long and narrow muzzle and a generally mid-brown colour. It is the largest of the brown antechinus complex. It mainly eats insects and after mating all of the males die of stress-related diseases, like many other species in this family.[3]


  1. ^ Groves, C.P. (2005). Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M., eds. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 30. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. OCLC 62265494.
  2. ^ Burnett, S. & Dickman, C. (2008). "Antechinus subtropicus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
  3. ^ Menkhorst, Peter (2001). A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia. Oxford University Press. p. 252.