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Replacement of Cockle Creek bridge

09/07/2014

Visitors to Cockle Creek in Tasmania's Far South are advised that the Cockle Creek bridge will be closed from approximately 14 July to the end of August 2014, while the old bridge is removed and a replacement bridge is constructed.More

Firewood theft can be costly

08/07/2014

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is warning that unlawfully cutting trees for firewood on reserved land can be a costly exercise and that remote cameras are being used to catch offenders.More

Caretakers wanted for island's historic site

08/07/2014

Fancy spending a few weeks at the fascinating Quarantine Station on Bruny Island? The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) and Wildcare Inc Friends of Bruny Island Quarantine Station are seeking volunteer caretakers for the station for the 2014/15 summer.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)

Family Delphinidae (Dolphins)

  • Longfin pilot whale Globicephala melaena
  • Killer whale Orcinus orca
  • False killer whale Pseudorca crassidens
  • Common dolphin Delphinus delphis
  • Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus

Family Physeteridae (Sperm Whales)

Sperm whale Physeter catodon

Family Balaenidae (Right Whales)

  • Southern right whale Eubalena australis
  • Pygmy right whale Caperea marginata
  • Humpback Megaptera novaeangliae