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Bruny Island Quarantine Station - now open five days a week

13/10/2014

The Wildcare Inc Friends of the Bruny Island Quarantine Station and the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) are pleased to announce the Quarantine Station will be open five days a week from 10am to 4pm over the summer months.More

Strategic fuel reduction burn for Ansons Bay

08/10/2014

The Parks and Wildlife Service is continuing its fuel reduction burning program with a planned burn of about 425 ha in the Ansons Bay area of Mt William National Park.More

New Cockle Creek bridge completed for tourist season

07/10/2014

A new bridge at Cockle Creek in the far south of Tasmania has been completed, just in time for the start of the busy spring/summer tourist season.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