Proudly supported by :: ACT Government :: Australian Native Plants Society (ANPS) Canberra Region NatureMaprtitle= NatureMapr
Home Mammals [Field Guide | Sightings]

Mammals Mammals

Overview

The forests, woodlands and grasslands of the ACT region support a diversity of native and introduced mammals, including arboreal marsupials, relatively large grazing marsupials, smaller ground-dwelling mammals, and bats. Some of these mammals can be found in the bushlands and grasslands within the urban fabric of Canberra, and some native species, such as the Common Brushtail Possum, have made our backyards their home as well.

Arboreal (i.e. tree-dwelling) marsupials include the Possums, Pygmy-possums, Gliders, Phascogales and Koala. The larger grazers include the Common (or Bare-nosed) Wombat and four local species of Macropod (the ubiquitous Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Wallaroo, Red-necked Wallaby and Swamp Wallaby). The Eastern Bettong, extinct in the ACT since the 1870s is a recent return to the region, having been re-introduced from Tasmania to Mulligan’s Flat Sanctuary, with plans to establish wild populations outside the sanctuary fence.

Young Swamp Wallabies are sometimes mistaken for the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby, though the latter has not been seen in the ACT since the 1950s and is presumed to be extinct in the wild in the region (Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve has a captive population). From prey remains under eagle nests and a single road-killed specimen, it is possible that populations of at least one Bandicoot species occur in the ACT region.

Smaller ground-dwelling mammals include the two monotremes (Echidna and Platypus), the carnivorous Dasyurids (Quolls, Antechinus and Dunnarts) and native rodents (Bush Rat, Water Rat and Broad-toothed Rat). The threatened Smoky Mouse has not been recorded in the ACT since the 1980s (from montane heath habitats high in Namadgi National Park) though the species may still occur in Namadgi National Park at low density. At least twelve bat species occur in the ACT, including two species of Flying-fox which usually vacate the ACT during the cooler months.

Dingoes (and hybrids between Dingoes and domestic dogs) live in the wild in the ACT region, and whilst a nuisance to graziers they also perform the valuable role of top predator in natural ecosystems. Non-native wild mammals include three species of Deer, Pigs, Foxes, feral Cats and rodents (European Rabbit, European Hare, Black Rat, Brown Rat, House Mouse). Horses are intermittently present in higher areas of Namadgi National Park close to adjacent NSW National Parks where populations of wild horses occur.

Moderators for mammals are Murray Evans and Michael Mulvaney (Ecologists with the ACT Government).

Here at CNM we are constantly surprised at the high quality of photos submitted, many are of publication standard. We look forward to seeing many more! Please keep in mind that rodents in particular can be difficult to tell apart in photos, and so clear close-up photos that include the head, body and tail are most useful. Small bats are also difficult to identify and clear photos of the face and tail are important (note that it’s best not to handle small bats, to avoid injury to them and yourself).

Page 1 of Mammals - 76 species

Glider Acrobates pygmaeus (Feathertail Glider)

Antechinus Antechinus agilis (Agile Antechinus)

Antechinus agilis
Antechinus agilis
Antechinus agilis
Antechinus agilis
Antechinus agilis
Antechinus agilis

Antechinus Antechinus flavipes (Yellow-footed Antechinus)

Antechinus flavipes
Antechinus flavipes
Antechinus flavipes
Antechinus flavipes

More information

Antechinus Antechinus stuartii (Brown Antechinus)

Antechinus Antechinus swainsonii (Dusky Antechinus)

Antechinus swainsonii
Antechinus swainsonii
Antechinus swainsonii
Antechinus swainsonii
Antechinus swainsonii
Antechinus swainsonii

Other Small Marsupial Bettongia gaimardi (Southern Bettong)

Bettongia gaimardi
Bettongia gaimardi
Bettongia gaimardi
Bettongia gaimardi
Bettongia gaimardi
Bettongia gaimardi

More information

Other hoofed mammal Bos taurus (Wild Cattle)

Bos taurus
Bos taurus

More information

Possum Burramys parvus (Mountain Pygmy Possum)

More information

Placental Predator Canis lupus (Dingo / Wild Dog)

Canis lupus
Canis lupus
Canis lupus
Canis lupus
Canis lupus
Canis lupus

More information

Other hoofed mammal Capra hircus (Goat)

Capra hircus
Capra hircus
Capra hircus
Capra hircus
Capra hircus
Capra hircus

More information

Possum Cercartetus nanus (Eastern Pygmy Possum)

Cercartetus nanus
Cercartetus nanus
Cercartetus nanus
Cercartetus nanus
Cercartetus nanus
Cercartetus nanus

More information

Deer Cervus elaphus (Red Deer)

Deer Cervus sp. (A deer)

Deer Cervus unicolor (Sambar Deer)

Cervus unicolor
Cervus unicolor
Cervus unicolor
Cervus unicolor

More information

Microbat Chalinolobus gouldii (Gould's Wattled Bat)

Microbat Chalinolobus morio (Chocolate Wattled Bat)

Chalinolobus morio
Chalinolobus morio
Chalinolobus morio
Chalinolobus morio

Deer Dama dama (Fallow Deer)

Dama dama
Dama dama
Dama dama
Dama dama
Dama dama
Dama dama

Quoll Dasyurus maculatus (Spotted-tailed Quoll)

Dasyurus maculatus
Dasyurus maculatus

More information

Quoll Dasyurus viverrinus (Eastern Quoll)

Other hoofed mammal Equus caballus (Brumby, Wild Horse)

Equus caballus
Equus caballus
Equus caballus
Equus caballus
Equus caballus
Equus caballus

Page 1  2  3  4 

Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness Frogwatch ACT and Region Atlas of Life Budawang Coast
1160084 sightings of 4448 species in 936 locations from 1671 members
Powered by NatureMapr |  Canberra Nature Map operates under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia |  Privacy