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Ooldea dunnart
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Ooldea dunnart range

The Ooldea dunnart (Sminthopsis ooldea), also called Troughton's dunnart after the person who found the species, is an Australian marsupial similar to the hairy-footed dunnart. It is greyish-yellow on its upper body and white on the underside with dark patches on its crown, forehead and in front of the eyes, and a pink thinly furred carrot shaped tail. Its total length is 115–173 mm; its average body length is 55–80 mm with a tail of 60–93 mm. Its ear length is 14–17 mm. This dunnart weighs between 10 and 18 grams.

Distribution and habitat

This dasyurid is found from the Tanami Desert in the Northern Territory, south to Ooldea in South Australia and east to neighboring areas of Western Australia. The type of habitat it inhabits includes arid eucalypt and acacia woodlands, heathlands mallee scrub and hummock grasslands, low shrubland, open scrub and tall open shrubland.

Social organisation and breeding

The Ooldea dunnart has 8 young between September and November but, since the species is not much studied, not much more is known. It is nocturnal and has been found in burrows and hollow logs.


It is believed, from evidence gathered, that this species eats insects.

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