Animal Species:Southern Brown Bandicoot

The Southern Brown Bandicoot is listed as an endangered species in New South Wales and is known from only two areas.

Southern Brown Bandicoot

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Standard Common Name

Southern Brown Bandicoot

Size range

28 cm - 36 cm

Distribution

The Southern Brown Bandicoot is found in northern Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, southern Western Australia and Tasmania. In New South Wales, one population is found on the south coast and the other just north of Sydney.

Habitat

The Southern Brown Bandicoot prefers scrubby habitats with plenty of low ground cover and shelter, particularly areas recovering from the effects of bushfire.

Feeding and Diet

By day, the Southern Brown Bandicoot sleeps in a nest made from grasses and other plant material, and at night emerges to feed on a variety of insects, earthworms and plants.

Other behaviours and adaptations

The Southern Brown Bandicoot is solitary. Males and females establish home ranges, which vary considerably in size depending on the habitat and the individual.

Conservation Status

The distribution of the Southern Brown Bandicoot has decreased significantly since European settlement mainly as a result of vegetation clearing, introduced foxes and cats, and changes to the frequency of bushfires.The Southern Brown Bandicoot is listed as an endangered species in New South Wales and is known from only two areas.

Conservation Status (NSW): Endangered species

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Classification

Species:
obesulus
Genus:
Isoodon
Family:
Peramelidae
Order:
Peramelemorphia
Subclass:
Marsupialia
Class:
Mammalia
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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Tags bandicoots, marsupials, mammals, vertebrates, wild, wildlife of sydney, identification,

1 comment

pegzig - 9.01 PM, 09 January 2011
my 2 dogs bailed up a bandicoot yesterday.managed to keep dogs away.seemed to be a brown fat female.never had camera with me.my neighbour thinks there is a quoll around after our chooks-but not seen it yet.also seen something like a snub nosed guinea pig

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