Sminthopsis crassicaudata


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Sminthopsis crassicaudata
Species Authority: (Gould, 1844)
Common Name/s:
English Fat-tailed Dunnart
French Souris Marsupiale À Grosse Queue

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: Burbidge, A., Robinson, T., Ellis, M., Dickman, C., Menkhorst, P. & Woinarski, J.
Reviewer/s: Lamoreux, J. & Hilton-Taylor, C. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, tolerance of habitat modification, lack of major threats, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is widespread over much of western, southern, central, and eastern Australia.
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Population [top]

Population: Fat-tailed Dunnarts are common (Morton and Dickman 2008). They are common even in degraded and agricultural areas.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Fat-tailed Dunnarts are found in a variety of grasslands, shrubland, and open woodland. They also occur in farmland (Morton and Dickman 2008). Females give birth to between eight and ten young, of which an average of five survive (Morton and Dickman 2008).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The Fat-tailed Dunnart is found in a number of protected areas.
Citation: Burbidge, A., Robinson, T., Ellis, M., Dickman, C., Menkhorst, P. & Woinarski, J. 2008. Sminthopsis crassicaudata. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 17 April 2014.
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