Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53521

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Dasyuromorpha
Family:Dasyuridae
Genus:Smithopsis
Genus species:Smithopsis crassicaudata

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:60-90 mm
Weight:10-20 g
Identification:The fat-tailed dunnart has dusty brown fur, large ears, and a short, swollen tail.
Habitat:Woodlands, shrublands, plains and fields
Diet:Carnivore: insects, invertebrates
Reproduction:Fat-tailed dunnarts breed from July to February. Although the female has 8-10 teats in her pouch, only five of her offspring will survive to ten weeks of age.
Both males and females are solitary. Groups of fat-tailed dunnarts may share nests during the fall and winter.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Because they get all of their water from their food, fat-tailed dunnarts never have to drink. Their short tails are used to store fat.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Australia
Central Australia
Date:1971-12 Subjects:Fat-tailed dunnart
marsupial
Sminthopsis
Dasyuridae
Dasyuromorphia
Marsupials
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata