Lesser hairy-footed dunnart

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Lesser hairy-footed dunnart [1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Dasyuromorphia
Family: Dasyuridae
Genus: Sminthopsis
Species: S. youngsoni
Binomial name
Sminthopsis youngsoni
McKenzie & Archer, 1982
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Lesser hairy-footed dunnart range

The lesser hairy-footed dunnart (Sminthopsis youngsoni) is a small carnivorous Australian marsupial of the family Dasyuridae. It is a widespread and fairly common species, being found in many desert areas of Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland.[3] Its foraging strategies have been studied by Haythornthwaite and Dickman.[4]

The lesser hairy-footed dunnart is distinguished from the very similar hairy-footed dunnart by its smaller size and less hairy soles.[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. 36. OCLC 62265494. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. 
  2. ^ McKenzie, N. & Dickman, C. (2008). "Sminthopsis youngsoni". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 28 December 2008. 
  3. ^ a b Menkhorst, Peter (2001). A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia. Oxford University Press. p. 72. 
  4. ^ Haythornthwaite, Adele S.; Dickman, Christopher R. (April 2000). "Foraging strategies of an insectivorous marsupial, Sminthopsis youngsoni (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae), in Australian sandridge desert". Austral Ecology. Wiley. 25 (2): 193–198. doi:10.1111/j.1442-9993.2000.tb00019.x.