Cercartetus


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Cercartetus

 

(also Cercaërtus), a genus of marsupials of the family Phalangeridae. The body measures 8–10 cm in length, and the tail 8–11 cm; the weight is 15–25 g. The pelage is dense and soft. The color of the back varies from grayish to black with reddish highlights; the abdomen is white. The pouch is well developed. There are two species, which are distributed in Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea. Both species are arboreal and breed twice a year, with four or five young in a litter. The common name is dormouse opossums; the Russian common name (sumchataia sonia) is sometimes also used to refer to the three species of the genus Eudromicia.

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These were Southern Brown Bandicoot Isoodon obesulus obesulus, Swamp Antechinus Antechinus minimus maritimus, White-footed Dunnart Sminthopsis leucopus and Eastern Pygmy Possum Cercartetus nanus.
2), Swamp Antechinus Antechinus minimus maritimus (see front cover), White-footed Dunnart Sminthopsis leucopus and Eastern Pygmy Possum Cercartetus nanus.
1 n/a Small Dasyurid 6 n/a White-footed Dunnart, Sminthopsis leucopus 1 1 Little Pygmy-possum, Cercartetus lepidus 1 1 Long-tailed mouse, Pseudomys higginsi 3 1 New Holland Mouse, Pseudomys novaehollandiae 1 1 Broad Toothed Rat, Mastacomys fuscus 3 1 28 3 Swamp Rat, Rattus lutreolus 2 1 Indeterminate murid 4 n / a 34 n / a Indeterminate small mammal 20 n / a 79 n / a Indeterminate small/ 19 n / a medium mammal Medium Taxa 5.
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.
Species Number of Number of study site transect appearances appearances (n=5) (n=13) Brush-tailed Phascogale Phascogale 2 2 tapoatafa Common Brushtail Possum Trichosurus 4 11 vulpecula Common Ringtail Possum Pseudocheirus 1 1 peregrinus Feathertail Glider Acrobates pygmaeus 1 1 Eastern Pygmy Possum Cercartetus nanus 1 1 Sugar Glider Petaurus breviceps 2 4 Squirrel Glider Petaurus norfolcensis 1 1 Yellow-footed Antechinus Antechinus 1 1 flavipes Table 3.
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.
16 October 2007: One adult male Eastern Pygmy Possum Cercartetus nanus (20 g) captured overnight.
Pestell and Petit (2007) completed 2606 pitfall trapnights at Innes National Park in South Australia, resulting in 78 captures of Western Pygmy Possum Cercartetus concinnus.
The Eastern Pygmy-possum Cercartetus nanus is a small (~17-42 g), omnivorous marsupial of south-eastern Australia (Harris 2008).