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Sminthopsis hirtipes

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA DASYUROMORPHIA DASYURIDAE

Scientific Name: Sminthopsis hirtipes
Species Authority: Thomas, 1898
Common Name/s:
English Hairy-footed Dunnart
French Souris Marsupiale À Pieds Poilus

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: McKenzie, N. & Dickman, C.
Reviewer/s: Lamoreux, J. & Hilton-Taylor, C. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, 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.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The Hairy-footed Dunnart is endemic to Australia, where it occurs in arid and semi-arid habitats from Western Australia to western Queensland, with an outlying population in the Eyre Peninsula. There is a historical record from Bernier (or Dorre) Island, but it is no longer present there.
Countries:
Native:
Australia
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Population [top]

Population: Hairy-footed Dunnarts are common (Pearson and McKenzie 2008). The species is abundant in good rainfall seasons. On Peron Peninsula, they are regularly caught, but in lower numbers than S. dolichura.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is found in areas of sand plains, sand dunes, open woodland, shrubland, mallee, and hummock grasslands (Pearson and McKenzie 2008).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species. Broad-scale, altered fire regimes and foxes/cats are threats in local areas.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from a number of protected areas including: Kalbarri National Park, François Peron National Park, Wanjarri Nature Reserve, Neale Junction Nature Reserve, Queen Victoria Spring Nature Reserve (all Western Australia), Uluru National Park (Northern Territory), and the 'Unnamed' Conservation Park (South Australia) (Pearson and McKenzie 2008).
Citation: McKenzie, N. & Dickman, C. 2008. Sminthopsis hirtipes. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 21 April 2014.
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