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Carpentarian Dunnart (Sminthopsis butleri)


The Carpentarian Dunnart

The carpentarian dunnart is also commonly referred to as “Butler’s Dunnart”. There have only been nine records of this species making information sparse. This species is limited to the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Unfortunately no surveys have been successful at obtaining greater knowledge of the carpentarian dunnart. The primary conservation efforts are aimed at preserving the current environment of this species and protecting it from any new predators.

Most of the collected specimens were found under fallen logs or rocks in or around eucalypt forests.


Carpentarian dunnarts are small and measure about 80mm including the head and body, the tail is slightly larger than the head and body measuring 90mm. Grey fur is present that fades into a white underbelly, white is also present on the feet and chin. The ears are large and the nose is pointed. The carpentarian dunnart weighs about 15g.

It is believed that carpentarian dunnarts eat arthropods.

Breeding is believed to occur in dry seasons.


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A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia, Menkhorst, P. and Knight, F. ©2001.

National Multi-species Recovery Plan for the Carpentarian Antechinus, Butler’s Dunnart, and Northern Hopping Mouse 2004-2008, The Australian Department of the Environment and Heritage, 8/13/04, http://www.deh.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/recovery/public-comment/multi-species-2/pubs/multi-species-2.pdf.

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