2016 Mammal List

After starting the year with a bit of a bang scoring Mountain Pygmy Possum and following up with some nice mammals on a Portland Pelagic I decided to set a bit of a fun target to see 100 mammal species over the year. It is just a bit of fun and not a serious big year. As of the 31st of January I was sitting on a reasonably healthy 35 mammal species with a few nice quality ones in there. Will keep this list updated with first seen location across the year. Each mammal species must be alive and a visual obtained.

February update – somewhat quiet – continue to dip on platypus but did manage to pick up a couple of nice ones – Eastern Pygmy Possum and Long-nosed Bandicoot in Bunyip and Rakali on a somewhat weird night at Sandringham.

March Update – 3 nights spotlighting in Bunyip and the Yarra Ranges produced a lot of nice mammals but nothing new. It took a 4 night trip around Brisbane to finally get the list ticking along with Rufous Bettong, Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby and Australian Hump-backed Dolphin being highlights. With daylight saving ending the spotlighting season begins (although I am already up to 18 night spotlighting this year)

April Update – quiet month with a few too many dips. Managed to add 5 species with Fat-tailed Dunnart being a highlight on the plains near Denniliquin.

May Update – eek! Slowing down….. Added Platypus, Agile Antechinus and of course Narrow-toed Feather-tailed Glider which was a standout!

June and July – New Holland Mouse has to be a standout – critically endangered in Vic and killer views on a great morning at Wilson’s Prom. Other highlights include Eastern Barred Bandicoot, Eastern Bettong and a couple of whales.

August and September – Work making it hard get away but my first Spotted-tailed Quoll a highlight! And then there was the small, minor matter of a leopard seal!

October – My first Ningaui, Western Pygmy-possum and Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat as well as a couple of Rock-wallabies and Microbats.

November – Chuditch and Numbat in the running for mammal of the year! as well as a few other SW WA specialties.

December – Unlikely to get out again this year but have managed to add 19 new mammals this month in a late rush and now sit on 107 for the year. Highlights include the four endemic ring-tailed possums in the Wet Tropics, Diadem Leaf-nosed Bat, Giant White-tailed Rat and of course Feral Goat in the You Yangs!!

Mammal List

Platypus Ornithorhynchus anatinus Tarago River – 05/16
Short-beaked Echidna Tachyglossus aculeatus Country Vic – 01/01/16
Western Quoll (Chuditch) Dasyurus geoffroii Perup area – 01/11/16
Spot-tailed Quoll Dasyurus maculatus Loongana – 01/09/16
Tasmanian Devil Sarcophilus harrisii Loongana – 01/09/16
Agile Antechinus Antechinus agilis Yarra Ranges NP – 25/05/16
Yellow-footed Antechinus Antechinus flavipes Beaudesert area – 18/03/16
Brown Antechinus Antechinus stuartii Lamington NP – 17/03/16
Brush-tailed Phascogale Phascogale tapoatafa – Pranjip – 12/11/16
Southern Ningaui Ningaui yvonnaeIronstone CP – 26/10/16
Fat-tailed Dunnart Sminthopsis crassicaudata Deniliquin area – 09/04/16
Numbat Myrmecobius fasciatus – Perup area – 01/11/16
Eastern Barred Bandicoot Perameles gunnii Mt Field NP – 15/07/16
Northern Brown Bandicoot Isoodon macrourus Lamington NP – 17/03/16
Southern Brown Bandicoot Isoodon obesulus Cranbourne BG – 26/01/16
Southern Long-nosed Bandicoot Perameles nasuta Bunyip SP – 13/02/16
Northern Long-nosed Bandicoot Perameles pallescens Kingfisher Park – 10/12/16
Koala Phascolarctos cinereus  Bunyip SP – 04/01/16
Common Wombat Vombatus ursinus Kosciusko NP – 02/01/16
Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat Lasiorhinus latifrons Nullabor Roadhouse – 28/10/16
Mountain Pygmy Possum Burramys parvus Kosciusko NP – 02/01/16
Western Pygmy Possum Cercartetus concinnus Ironstone Hill CP – 26/10/16
Little Pygmy Possum Cercartetus lepidus Fortescue Bay – 28/01/16
Eastern Pygmy Possum Cercartetus nanus Bunyip SP – 21/02/16
Torresian Striped Possum Dactylopsila trivirgata Kingfisher Park – 10/12/16
Leadbeaters Possum Gymnobelideus leadbeateri Yarra Ranges SF -16/01/16
Yellow-bellied Glider Petaurus australis Bunyip SP – 04/01/16
Sugar Glider Petaurus breviceps Bunyip SP – 04/01/16
Lemuroid Ring-tailed Possum Hemibelideus lemuroides Mount Hypipamee – 12/12/16
Southern Greater Glider Petauroides volans Bunyip SP – 04/01/16
Western Ring-tailed Possum Pseudocheirus occidentalis Perup area – 01/11/16
Common Ringtail Possum Pseudocheirus peregrinus Kosciusko NP – 02/01/16
Daintree River Ring-tailed Possum Pseudochirulus cinereus Mount Lewis – 10/12/16
Herbert River Ring-tailed Possum Pseudochirulus herbertensis Lake Eacham – 12/12/16
Green Ring-tailed Possum Pseudochirops archeri Mount Lewis – 10/12/16
Short-eared Brushtail Possum Trichosurus caninus Lamington NP – 17/03/16
Mountain Brushtail Possum Trichosurus cunninghami Yarra Ranges SF – 16/01/16
Common Brushtail Possum Trichosurus vulpecula Kosciusko NP – 02/01/16
Narrow-toed Feather-tailed Glider Acrobates pygmaeus Yarra Ranges SF – 24/05/16
Musky Rat-kangaroo Hypsiprymnodon moschatus Mt Lewis – 11/12/16
Rufous Bettong Aepyprymnus rufescens – Guestwick Ecolodge – 18/03/16
Eastern Bettong Bettongia gaimardi – Gravelly Ridge – 17/07/16
Brush-tailed Bettong (Woylie) Bettongia penicillata – Perup area – 01/11/16
Long-nosed Potoroo Potorus tridactylus Port Arthur – 28/01/16
Lumholtz’s Tree-kangaroo Dendrolagus lumholtzi Nerada Tea Plantation – 12/12/16
Black-striped Wallaby Macropus dorsalis Bunya Mountains NP – 19/03/16
Tammar Wallaby Notamacropus eugenii – Perup area – 01/11/16
Western Brush Wallaby Notamacropus irma – Dryandra – 02/11/16
Western Grey Kangaroo Macropus fuliginosus Deniliquin area – 09/04/16
Eastern Grey Kangaroo Macropus giganteus Kosciusko NP – 02/01/16
Agile Wallaby Notamacropus agilis Cairns – 10/12/16
Pretty-faced Wallaby Macropus parryi Canungra area – 18/03/16
Red-necked Wallaby Macropus rufogriseus Lake Wollumbulla – 01/01/16
Black-footed Rock-wallaby Petrogale lateralis Mount Caroline NR – 31/10/16
Mareeba Rock-wallaby Petrogale mareeba Granite Gorge – 11/12/16
Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby Petrogale penicillata Lake Perseverance – 19/03/16
Yellow-footed Rock-Wallaby Petrogale xanthopus – Telowie Gorge – 26/10/16
Tasmanian Pademelon Thylogale billardierii Sorell -28/01/16
Red-legged Pademelon Thylogale stigmatica – Lamington NP – 17/03/16
Red-necked Pademelon Thylogale thetis – Lamington NP – 17/03/16
Red Kangaroo Osphranter rufus – Deniliquin area – 09/04/16
Swamp Wallaby Wallabia bicolor Country Vic – 01/01/16
Eastern Blossum-bat Syconycteris australis Kingfisher Park – 10/12/16
Black Flying-fox Pteropus alecto Logan – 17/03/16
Spectacled Flying-fox Pteropus conspicillatus Cairns – 10/12/16
Grey-headed Flying-fox Pteropus poliocephalus Huntingdale – 01/01/16
Little Red Flying-fox Pteropus scapulatus
Diadem Leaf-nosed Bat Hipposideros diadema Kingfisher Park – 10/12/16
White-striped Freetail Bat Tadarida australis Kosciusko NP – 02/01/16
Little Bent-winged Bat Miniopterus australis Kingfisher Park – 11/12/16
Lesser Long-eared Bat Nyctophilus geoffroyi Gelantipy 03/10/16
Gould’s Wattled Bat Chalinolobus gouldii Wilson Reserve – 16/01/16
Chocolate Wattled Bat Chalinolobus morio Bunya Mountains NP – 19/03/16
Eastern Broad-nosed Bat Scotorepens orion Wilson Reserve – 16/01/16
Large Forest bat Vespadelus darlingtoni Yarra Ranges SF – 07/09/16
Southern Forest Bat Vespadelus regulus Jilbadgi Nature Reserve – 30/10/16
Little Forest Bat Vespadelus vulturnus Cheltenham Park – 26/11/16
Large-footed Myotis Myotis macropus Mareeba Wetlands – 11/12/16
Water Rat (Rakali) Hydromys chrysogaster Sandringham – 21/02/16
Fawn-footed Melomys Melomys cervinipes Lamington NP – 17/03/16
New Holland Mouse Pseudomys novaehollandiae Wilsons Promontory NP – 09/07/16
Giant White-tailed Rat Uromys caudimaculatus Kingfisher Park – 11/12/16
* House Mouse Mus musculus Pakenham bypass – 20/02/16
Bush Rat Rattus fuscipes Kosciusko NP – 02/01/16
* Brown Rat Rattus norvegicus Karkarook Park – 13/06/16
* Black Rat Rattus rattus Huntingdale – 20/01/16
Australian Sea Lion Neophoca cinerea Lawrence Rocks – 10/01/16
New Zealand Fur Seal Arctocephalus forsteri Lawrence Rocks – 10/01/16
Cape Fur Seal Arctocephalus pusillus  Lawrence Rocks – 10/01/16
Leopard Seal Hydrurga leptonyx Mornington Peninsula – 20/09/16
* Fox Vulpes vulpes Country NSW – 01/01/16
* Feral Cat Felis catus Bunyip SP – 04/01/16
* European Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus Country NSW – 01/01/16
* Brown Hare Lepus europaeus Kosciusko NP – 02/01/16
* Feral Goat Capra hircus You Yangs – 04/12/16
* Hog Deer Axis porcinus Wilsons Prom NP – 25/04/16
* Fallow Deer Dama dama Kosciusko NP – 02/01/16
* Sambar Rusa unicolor Bunyip SP – 04/01/16
Southern Right Whale Eubalaena australis Cape Schank – 03/08/16
Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangliae Phillip Island – 09/07/16
Australian Hump-backed Dolphin Sousa sahulensis Tin Can Bay – 21/03/16
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis Portland inshore – 10/01/16
Common Bottle-nosed Dolphin Tursiops truncatus Portland pelagic – 07/02/16
Indo-Pacific Bottle-nosed Dolphin Tursiops aduncus Newcastle Harbour – 26/12/16
Burrunan Bottle-nosed Dolphin Tursiops australis Frankston – 11/06/16
Long-flippered pilot whale Globicephala melas Portland pelagic – 10/01/16

* – introduced riff raff

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