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Southwestern pygmy possum

Cercartetus concinnus

Description:

The Southwestern Pygmy Possum is a nocturnal marsupial adapted to feed primarily on nectar and insects. Although small compared with most other possums, it is one of the larger pygmy possums, with adults ranging from 5.7–7.2 centimetres (2.2–2.8 in) in head-body length.

Habitat:

It has a patchy distribution which includes southwestern Western Australia as well as wheatbelt areas of South Australia. Where it favours Eucalypt woodland, where it can stay out of reach from any predator

Notes:

Found at the Eyre bird observatory in Nuytsland Nat Reserve. She fell into a pitfall trap (for reptiles). Warning can bite!!!

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7 Comments

Christiane
Christiane 9 years ago

Steven.. Please join the "Marsupials of the World" mission. http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8445..... this would be a great spotting for the mission.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Really likable picture!

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

What a cute little guy!

StevenSpragg
StevenSpragg 9 years ago

Thanks, pygmy possums are a great example of convergent evolution. We managed to look at some nest boxes as well and there was a mother with six very cute young ! Luckily this one was the only one to fall into the traps

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

What a precious little creature.
Glad the trap caught only it this time.

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

That's terrific. Its so uncommon to see these tiny nocturnal creatures unless they get trapped. Who'd think that marsupials are totally unrelated to mice?

Atul
Atul 9 years ago

wow!!

StevenSpragg
Spotted by
StevenSpragg

6443, Western Australia, Australia

Spotted on Nov 30, 2011
Submitted on Dec 6, 2011

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