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Southwestern Pygmy Possum[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Burramyidae
Genus: Cercartetus
Species: C. concinnus
Binomial name
Cercartetus concinnus
(Gould, 1845)

The Southwestern Pygmy Possum (Cercartetus concinnus), commonly known as the Western Pygmy Possum or the Mundarda, is a small marsupial found in Australia. It has a patchy distribution which includes southwestern Western Australia as well as wheatbelt areas of South Australia, Kangaroo Island and Victoria south to Edenhope. It is also found on in far south-western New South Wales. [3]

The Southwestern Pygmy Possum is one of the most unusual members of its four-strong genus, as unlike its grey relatives, it is coloured a bright cinnamon colour. It is nocturnal and feeds on invertebrates and nectar.[3]

References

  1. ^ Groves, C. (2005). Wilson, D. E., & Reeder, D. M.. ed. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 44-45. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. http://www.bucknell.edu/msw3.  
  2. ^ Burbidge, A., Morris, K., Ellis, M., van Weenen, J. & Menkhorst, P. (2008). Cercartetus concinnus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 28 December 2008. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
  3. ^ a b Menkhorst, Peter (2001). A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia. Oxford University Press. p. 88.  

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