Cercartetus concinnus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Diprotodontia Burramyidae

Scientific Name: Cercartetus concinnus (Gould, 1845)
Common Name(s):
English Western Pygmy Possum, Mundarda, Southwestern Pygmy Possum, Western Pygmy-possum

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2015-06-15
Assessor(s): Burbidge, A., Morris, K., Ellis, M., van Weenen, J. & Menkhorst, P.
Reviewer(s): Johnson, C.N. & Hawkins, C.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
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Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to southern Australia, where it ranges from Western Australia to southwestern Victoria. There are recent records of the species from New South Wales. It is present on Kangaroo Island, South Australia.
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Population [top]

Population:It is an abundant species within suitable habitat (Carthew et al. 2008). It has a large population overall, although there are no estimates. The population probably fluctuates with climatic conditions.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This nocturnal and mainly arboreal species is generally found in mallee heath and in dry sclerophyll forest with an undergrowth of shrubs (Carthew et al. 2008). Animals usually spend the day in a leaf-lined nest. The species breeds throughout the year. Females can give birth to up to three litters consecutively of six young, but that is under ideal conditions (Carthew et al. 2008).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known major threats to this species. Although it is preyed upon by domestic and feral cats, it has a high reproductive rate and is adapted to heavy predation. The species is locally threatened in parts of its range by clearance of suitable scrub habitat through rural or urban development.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is present in many protected areas.

Citation: Burbidge, A., Morris, K., Ellis, M., van Weenen, J. & Menkhorst, P. 2016. Cercartetus concinnus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T40576A21963278. . Downloaded on 19 November 2017.
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