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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Dasyuromorpha
Family:Dasyuridae
Genus:Dasyurus
Genus species:Dasyurus maculatus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:350-759 mm
Weight:4-7 kg
Identification:The tiger cat is dimorphic, which means it occurs in two distinct forms. It is a rich brown color with white spots on the top, paler underparts, and a spotted tail
Habitat:Rainforests, open forests, woodlands, coastal and inland areas
Diet:Omnivore: birds, small animals, carrion, insects and plants
Reproduction:Mating season occurs from April and July. Gestation lasts 21 days. Females average five young per litter. Both parents help to defend their nest. The male may bring food to the female while she nurses the young.
Tiger cats are solitary animals.
Behavior:The tiger cat is nocturnal and partly arboreal.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:In certain areas of Australia, tiger cat numbers are dwindling due to habitat destruction, trapping, and introduced predators (domestic cats, foxes, etc.).

Other Information

Geographic:Southeastern coasts of Australia
Northeastern coast of Australia
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:marsupial
Tiger cat
Spotted-tailed quoll
Dasyurus
Dasyuridae
Dasyuromorphia
Marsupials
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata