Tarsipes rostratus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Tarsipes rostratus
Species Authority: Gervais & Verreaux, 1842
Common Name(s):
English Honey Possum

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Friend, T., Morris, K., Burbidge, A. & McKenzie, N.
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, 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:This species is endemic to south-western Western Australia (Australia).
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Population [top]

Population: There are no reliable estimates of its global population, but it is likely to number in the hundreds of thousands.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is a crepuscular species. Its diet includes nectar and some pollen. It is commonly found in diverse vegetation communities on the coastal sand plain heaths of south-western Western Australia (Renfree 2008). In cold weather animals may become torpid. The females give birth to two to three young, and may give birth twice a year (Renfree 2008).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species. It is adversely affected by changes to the fire regime and destruction of habitat by the water mould Phytophthora cinnamomi. Cats and foxes may have some affect on populations.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is found in many protected areas. Reserves should be managed to decrease the likelihood of extensive and frequent wildfires.

Bibliography [top]

Renfree, M. B. 2008. Honey Possum, Tarsipes rostratus. In: S. Van Dyck and R. Strahan (eds), The mammals of Australia. Third Edition, pp. 258-260. Reed New Holland, Sydney, Australia.

Citation: Friend, T., Morris, K., Burbidge, A. & McKenzie, N. 2008. Tarsipes rostratus. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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