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Antechinus leo

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA DASYUROMORPHIA DASYURIDAE

Scientific Name: Antechinus leo
Species Authority: Van Dyck, 1980
Common Name/s:
English Cinnamon Antechinus
French Souris Marsupiale Cannelle

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: Burnett, S. & Winter, J.
Reviewer/s: Lamoreux, J. & Hilton-Taylor, C. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern even though the species has a very restricted distribution its habitat is secure, and the species is not thought to be declining.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from the east coast of the Cape York Peninsula of Queensland, Australia, occurring from the McIlwraith Range to the Iron Range (Maxwell et al. 1996; Leung 2008). The elevational range is sea level to 800 m.
Countries:
Native:
Australia (Queensland)
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Population [top]

Population: It is locally common within its limited range (Menkhorst 2001; Leung 2008).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species occurs in semi-deciduous mesophyll vine forest, particularly where there is a lot of ground cover. It can be found both in mature and secondary forest, but in the latter it only occurs when adjacent to mature rainforest (Maxwell et al. 1996). The species is semi-arboreal and insectivorous, nesting in hollows.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No current threats to the species are apparent; however, timber cutting (selective logging) has been proposed in the Lockhart River area, and this could result in declines. 1080 baiting to control pigs and wild dogs may be resulting in incidental poisoning of some animals.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species is present in protected areas, including the Iron Range National Park; there are negotiations underway to declare additional national parks in the McIlwraith area.
Citation: Burnett, S. & Winter, J. 2008. Antechinus leo. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 25 April 2014.
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