Stripe-faced Dunnart (Sminthopsis macroura) - Wiki
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[Photo] Sminthopsis macroura (orig. Podabrus macrourus). Source: John Gould, F.R.S., Mammals of Australia, Vol. I Plate 46, London, 1863. http://www.museum.vic.gov.au/bioinformatics/mammals/images/Pod_macr.htm Date 1863. Author John Gould http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/John_Gould
The Striped-faced Dunnart (Sminthopsis macroura) is an Australian marsupial. This dunnart has an average body length of 155-198 mm, snout to anus distance of 75-98 mm, a tail measuring 80-100 mm and an ear length of 17-18 mm. Its weight varies between 15-25grams. It has a dark stripe between its ears on top of the snout to the nose. The tail is a little fat at the base but becomes slender at the end.
Distribution and habitat
This dasyurid is found throughout central Australia from the Pilbarra to central Northern Territory, western and central Queensland, south to north-east South Australis to north and west New South Wales. It inhabits sandy soils with dune hummock grasslands, tussock grasslands and strublands.
Social organisation and breeding
The Stripe-faced Dunart breeds from July through February and has a gestation period of 11 days. The 6-8 joeys have a pouch life of 40 days and are weaned at 70 days. There are usually has 2 litters per season.
This dunnart's diet consists of termites.
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