Sandhill Dunnart  |  

Sminthopsis psammophila

Status: Endangered on the EPBC Act list

The sandhill dunnart is a small, carnivorous marsupial, with a head and body length of approximately 8-12 cm, and a tail length approximately 10-12 cm. The head is pale grey with thin black markings extending from the shoulders to between the eyes, which also bear black rings. The underside of the body and feet are white. Ears are large. The tail is pale grey above, dark grey below, tapering towards the tip. This species is distinguished from other members of the genus by the ventral crest of blackish-grey hairs on the terminal quarter of the tail.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Sminthopsis psammophila

    Frequent fire is also a threat; as the sandhill dunnart requires old; well established spinifex hummocks as shelter (Woinarski et al.; 2014).