These were Southern Brown Bandicoot Isoodon obesulus obesulus, Swamp Antechinus Antechinus minimus maritimus, White-footed Dunnart Sminthopsis leucopus and Eastern Pygmy Possum Cercartetus
NANUS scientific name of the eastern pygmy possum, a marsupial found in southeastern Australia.
Of the small mammal taxa, all but the Eastern Pygmy Possum (Cercartetus
nanus) were recorded.
The delicate position that fire holds in the ecology of the Australian bush is best illustrated by the relationship between it, banksias and the pygmy possum (Cercartetus
Three species of arboreal mammals live in the closed forests--the common ring-tailed possum (Pseu-docheirus peregrinus), the common brush-tailed possum (Trichosurus vulpecula), and the dormouse possum (Cercartetus
nanus), as well as species of birds like the green rosella (Platycercus caledonicus), an endemic parrot, and the swift parrot (Lathamus discolor).
Banksia pollen as a source of protein in the diet of two Australian marsupials, Cercartetus
nanus and Tarsipes rostratus.
Other arboreal species, Eastern Pygmy Possum Cercartetus
nanus and Little Pygmy Possum Cercartetus
lepidus, are listed as near threatened on the Advisory List but not listed under the FFG.
The genus Cercartetus
is a group of very small possums known as pygmy possums.
As many as 90 to 100% of pollen grains were digested in the guts of the marsupials Cercartetus
nanus and Tarsipes rostratus (Turner 1984, Richardson et al.
The period until the mid-1980s was a fertile one for the recording of additional species for the State, with Heath Mouse Pseudomys shortridgei, Silky Mouse P apodemoides, Paucident Planigale Planigale gilesi, Common Wallaroo Osphranter robustus, Southern Ningaui Ningaui yvonnae, Little Pygmy-possum Cercartetus
lepidus and other species all being recorded in Victoria for the first time.
Species n % Agile Antechinus Antechinus agilis 32 11.1 Dusky Antechinus Antechinus swainsonii 32 11.1 Long-nosed Bandicoot Perameles nasuta 17 5.9 Eastern Pygmy Possum Cercartetus
nanus 27 9.4 Feathertail Glider Acrobates sp.
16 October 2007: One adult male Eastern Pygmy Possum Cercartetus
nanus (20 g) captured overnight.