Stripe-faced Dunnart

What does it look like? Greyish-brown, washed with yellowish on face, with blackish longitudinal line on top of head. Underparts, including feet, white. Tail swollen at base (used as fat storage), and similar in length to head-body.

Where is it found? Throughout arid and semi-arid mainland, from western WA, through inland NT and SA to central and western Qld and north-western NSW.

What are its habitats & habits? Woodlands, shrublands and tussock grasslands, where it sleeps during the day in soil cracks and forages on the ground for insects and other arthropods. Female has 8 teats, with around 6 young in a litter. The young are weaned at around 10 weeks.

Interesting fact: Three subspecies currently recognised, S. m. macroura in central east, S. m. froggatti in central Australia and S. m. stalkeri in the west.

Scientific name: Sminthopsis macroura

Size: 155-200 mm TL, including tail 80-100 mm

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