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  • n. Any of various small marsupials, of the genus Sminthopsis, similar to mice


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  • The endangered Julia Creek dunnart (Smithopsis douglasi) has been recorded in the far south of the grasslands.

    Carpentaria tropical savanna

  • However a high number of mammal species, 14 percent of the total mammalian fauna, are considered regionally or globally threatened, including the greater bilby (Macrotis lagotis VU), hairy-footed dunnart (Sminthopsis hirtipes), dusky hopping mouse (Notomys fuscus VU), mulgara (Dasycercus cristicauda VU), and kowari.

    Simpson desert

  • New records of the Julia Creek dunnart, Sminthopsis douglasi (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae).

    Carpentaria tropical savanna

  • New vertebrate species are still being discovered in this ecoregion, such as the recently described burrowing snake Simoselaps morrisi, the Kakadu dunnart (Sminthopsis bindi), and the Kakadu pebble-mound mouse (Pseudomys calabyi), indicating that other species may remain to be discovered.

    Arnhem Land tropical savanna

  • Several threatened mammals, the endangered sandhill dunnart (Sminthopsis psammophila), the endangered marsupial mole (Notoryctes typhlops), and the vulnerable mulgara (Dasycercus cristicauda) still occur within the region.

    Great Victoria desert

  • Small carnivorous marsupials, typically including the long-tailed planigale (Planigale ingrami) and the stripe-faced dunnart (Sminthopsis macroura), are among the most abundant mammals using this subterranean shelter.

    Mitchell grass downs

  • The endangered Julia Creek dunnart (Sminthopsis douglasi) is endemic to the downs, Desert Uplands, and restricted areas of the Gulf Plains immediately north of the downs.

    Mitchell grass downs

  • The mainland subspecies of swamp antechinus (Antechinus minimus maritimus) and white footed dunnart (Sminthopsis leucopus) are largely restricted to coastal regions, while other species, such as the koala, are widespread throughout this ecoregion and excluded from the Central Highlands because of the cold winters.

    Southeast Australia temperate forests

  • While the thylacine, the devil, and the eastern quoll had been lost altogether, two minuscule species the white-footed dunnart and the swamp antechinus, a couple of mousy carnivorous marsupials did maintain populations on some of the tiny islands.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • During torpor, an animal's body temperature drops - a dunnart will go down to around 15 C - meaning a lot less food and water is required to keep it functioning.


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