Mammals

For images and distribition information on the species listed below, go to National Museum of Victoria Bioinformatics pages and follow the link to Mammals.

Preliminary mammal list for the Strathbogie Tableland, North-east Victoria – 33 species.

This list will be annotated as information is gathered.

Monotremes

Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)
Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)

Carnivorous Marsupials

Agile Antechinus (Antechinus agilis)
Common and widespread.

Yellow-footed Antechinus (Antechinus flavipes)
Likely only found on the edges of the Tableland, in drier forest and woodland of the lower slopes.

Brush-tailed Phascogale (Phascogale tapoatafa)
Abundance unknown, though widespread through forests and in some roadsides. 2012 distribution map at right. Occasionally found as road-killed specimens. Individuals, particularly males, can occupy very large home-ranges. Download the Brush-tailed Phascogale Nest-box brochure here on the SRCMN website.

Spot-tailed Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus)
Several recent and unconfirmed records, locally extinct over most of its former range. Recent DSE surveys (~2008-9) of intact forest habitat in the eastern Strathbogie Ranges failed to find any evidence of this species, though two recent unconfirmed reports provide some hope.

Bandicoots

Long-nosed Bandicoot (Perameles nasuta)
Uncommon and restricted/threatened by loss and fragmentation of dense habitat; found in creeklines, springs and peatland bogs with dense ground-layer vegetation.

Wombat & Koala

Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus)
Common and widespread.

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)
Common and widespread, principally where food trees are common: Narrow-leaf Peppermint, Manna Gum, Blue Gum, Mountain Swamp Gum. Less common on the escarpments and drier slopes.

Possums

Mountain Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus cunninghami)
Common and widespread, both on roadsides and in larger patches of bush. This species has thick grey fur and bushy black tail. Also known as the Short-eared Possum, its ears only just extend beyond the thick coat.

Common Brushtail Possum (T. vulpecula)
Widespread, though less common than T. cunninghami. Shorter, paler fur than T. cunninghami, a less bushy tail and longer ears.

Eastern Pygmy-possum (Cercartetus nanus)
Several records from the eastern Strathbogie Ranges, though its distribution is poorly understood.

Yellow-bellied Glider (Petaurus australis)
Known from a single confirmed record. Status unknown, possibly locally extinct in the Ranges. More information on the YBG page on Nature View.

Several months later, a stand of mature Messmate Stringybark (Eucalyptus obliqua), adjacent to the Mountain Swamp Gum habitat, was clear-felled. The logged area had contained many large, old, hollow-bearing trees and was contiguous with the riparian zone where the animals had previously been recorded.

More searches in this and nearby suitable habitat over the following years has not resulted in any more Yellow-bellied Glider observations.

* possibly locally extinct

Sugar Glider (P. breviceps)
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Common Ringtail Possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus)
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Greater Glider (Petauroides volans)
Dependent on forests and roadsides with large, old trees (Manna Gums, Southern Blue Gums & Messmates) containing hollows for denning and nesting.

Feathertail Glider (Acrobates pygmaeus)
Very few records of this small cryptic species exist. Likely to have a broader range through ‘intact’ native forest, than the records suggest.

Kangaroos & Wallabies

Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus)
Swamp Wallaby (Wallabia bicolour)

Micro-bats

Eastern Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus magaphyllus)
Gould’s Wattled Bat (Chalinolobus gouldi)
Chocolate Wattled Bat (Chalinolobus morio)
Lesser Long-eared Bat (Nyctophilus geoffroyi)
White-striped Mastiff Bat (Tadarida australis)
Southern Freetail Bat (Mormopterus planiceps long penis form)

Rodents

House Mouse (Mus musculus)
Bush Rat (Rattus fuscipes)
Black Rat (Rattus rattus)
Water Rat (Hydromys chrysogaster)
Rakali Project – Benalla & District Environment Group

Introduced Mammals

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)
Feral Cat (Felis catus)
Red Deer (Cervus elaphus)
Sambar Deer (Cervus unicolor)
Fallow Deer (Cervus dama)
European Hare (Lepus europeaus)
European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cunniculus)
Feral Pig (Sus scrofa)

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