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Join us for the Power of Parks forum at Launceston

22/07/2016

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) in partnership with the University of Tasmania is exploring The Power of Parks through a series of UTAS public forums celebrating the benefits that parks and reserves provide to Tasmania's overall identify.More

Shipwreck identified as the Viola

19/07/2016

Timber samples from a ship wrecked on Tasmania's East Coast nearly 160 years ago have been identified as the Canadian-built brig Viola.More

Prosecution for Stanley penguin deaths

15/07/2016

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) and the Circular Head Council have conducted a joint investigation after 18 little penguins were found dead near a rookery in Stanley on the State's North-West coast last week.More

Mammals of Tasmania

The tiny newborn of the Tasmanian devil

The tiny new-born young of a typical
marsupial - in this case a Tasmanian devil

Tasmania has many unique mammals found nowhere else in the world. Some, like the Tasmanian devil and Tasmanian tiger are well-known. Others, such as the eastern quoll, pademelon and bettong are less well-known, but equally fascinating.

Like most of Australia's mammals, the Tasmanian mammal fauna comprises many marsupials, or pouched mammals. Marsupials are remarkable for their method of reproduction, such as the production of very tiny young which complete their development in a pouch.

Tasmania has many species which have become, or are on the verge of extinction on mainland Australia. The lack of introduced predators and the relatively large amount of intact habitat on the island, make Tasmania a final refuge - a last chance - for many species. However, the potential establishment of European foxes in Tasmania has raised grave concerns about the continued existence of these species.

There are 33 native terrestrial and 41 marine mammals which are known to occur in Tasmania. Choose the species or mammal family you wish to see from the full species list below:


ORDER MONOTREMATA (Echidnas and Platypus)

Family Ornithorhychidae (Platypus)

Platypus Ornithorhynchus anatinus

Family Tachyglossidae (Echidnas)

Short-beaked echidna Tachyglossus aculeatus


ORDER POLYPROTODONTA (Carnivorous Marsupials and Bandicoots)

Family Dasyuridae (Carnivorous Marsupials)

Family Dasyuridae (Carnivorous Marsupials)

Family Thylacinidae (Thylacine)

Thylacine (Tasmanian tiger) Thylacinus cynocephalus

Family Peramelidae (Bandicoots)

Family Peramelidae (Bandicoots)


ORDER DIPROTODONTA (Possums, Kangaroos and Wombats)

Superfamily Macropodoidea (Macropods)

Superfamily Macropodoidea (Macropods)

Family Petauridae

Possums

Family Phalangeridae

Possums

Family Burramyidae

Possums

Family Vombatidae (Wombats)


ORDER CHIROPTERA (Bats)

ORDER CHIROPTERA (Bats)

Family Vespertilionidae


ORDER RODENTIA (Rats and Mice)

ORDER RODENTIA (Rats and mice)

Family Muridae


ORDER PINNIPEDIA (Seals)

ORDER PINNIPEDIA (Seals)

Family Otariidae (Eared Seals)

Family Phocidae (True Seals)


ORDER CETACEA (Whales and Dolphins)

ORDER CETACEA (Whales and dolphins)

Suborder Odontoceti (Toothed Whales)