Perameles nasuta


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Perameles nasuta
Species Authority: É. Geoffroy, 1804
Common Name(s):
English Long-nosed Bandicoot
French Péramèle À Long Nez

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Lunney, D., Dickman, C. & Menkhorst, P.
Reviewer(s): Lamoreux, J. & Hilton-Taylor, C. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in protected areas, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category. There are, however, some localized population declines, particularly in the south.
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The Long-nosed Bandicoot is endemic to Australia, where it is widely distributed in the east from just south of Cooktown to Wilsons Promontory. An isolated population also occurs well north of Cooktown, on upper Cape York Peninsula in the McIlwraith Range and Iron Range regions (G. Gordon pers. comm.). The elevational range of this species is sea level to 1,400 m asl, but it is most abundant below 1,000 m.
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Population [top]

Population: Long-nosed Bandicoots are common. Their populations probably fluctuate to some degree.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in a variety of habitats including suburban gardens in towns and cities. Its preferred habitat is heath and forested areas near open, grassy feeding sites (Dickman and Stodart 2008). It is a nocturnal, solitary animal that spends the day in a nest (Dickman and Stodart 2008). Females can give birth to up to five young (usually 2 or 3), and may produce litters in quick succession (Dickman and Stodart 2008). The species is generally poorly studied.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The Long-nosed Bandicoot is primarily found at lower elevations, where it is adversely affected by continuing agricultural clearing, logging, burning, and predation by foxes, dogs, and cats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in several protected areas. There is an urgent need for habitat maintenance across the range of the species.

Bibliography [top]

Dickman, C. R. and Stodart, E. 2008. Long-nosed Bandicoot, Perameles nasuta. In: S. Van Dyck and R. Strahan (eds), The mammals of Australia. Third Edition, pp. 189-190. Reed New Holland, Sydney, Australia.

Citation: Lunney, D., Dickman, C. & Menkhorst, P. 2008. Perameles nasuta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 02 April 2015.
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