Setonix brachyurus

TL 680–850mm, including tail 245–310mm


What does it look like? Uniformly brown, heavily flecked with grey and tinged with reddish-brown. Short, sparsely furred tail (about 60 per cent head-body length). Head has angled snout, short, rounded ears and naked, greyish-black nose.

Where is it found? South-western WA, including Bald and Rottnest Islands, although subpopulation area is small and heavily fragmented.

What are its habitats & habits? Found in forests, woodland, heathland, swamps and wetlands. Can be active day or night, feeding on variety of plant matter, but eats more succulent plants when surface water is scarce, and shelters at other times under vegetation.

Interesting fact: Greatly impacted by predation by introduced Red Fox, loss of suitable habitat from clearing and lower rainfall.