There are 27 different types of possums and gliders in Australia. They have a huge variety of sizes, shapes and appearances. We’ve compiled a profile on
every species here. One quarter of our possums and gliders are listed as threatened under Australian environmental law. Help their conservation, be
a citizen scientist: you can record sightings of possums from your local areas in the free CAUL Urban Wildlife App.
Name: Mountain Pygmy-possum (Burramys parvus Burramyidae)
Description: Very tiny possum that hibernates in Winter under boulder fields. Grey brown fur on back, brown-cream on underside. Dark ring around eye. HB: 111mm T: 136-138mm
Ecology: Habitat: Australia's sub-alpine and alpine heathlands and shrublands among boulder heaps. Diet: Insects, other arthropods, seeds.
Threats: Climate change, introduced predators.
Conservation Status: Commonwealth EPBC Act: Endangered, NSW: Endangered, VIC: Critically Endangered
Wildlife Carers and Advocacy: LAOKO Snowy Monaro Wildlife Rescue 02 6456 1313; Wildlife Rescue Inc (WRI) Australia Hotline 1300 596 457; Australian Fauna Care
Photo credit: Tim Bawden
Many landscapes in Australia are fire-prone, and increasingly so. Altered fire regimes can have a serious negative impact on threatened plant species and ecological communities. A Threatened Species Recovery Hub project is working to better understand the effects of different fire regimes on threatened flora in order to improve fire management strategies and conservation outcomes.
Almost a quarter of Australia’s possums and gliders are listed as threatened under Australian environmental law, and many more are showing signs of decline. Dr Rochelle Steven from The University of Queensland believes people in the community can do a lot to support conservation, especially in urban areas.
The detection and monitoring of threatened species have been a strong area of research in the National Environmental Science Program and also the two national environmental research programs which preceded it. Hub Director Professor Brendan Wintle takes a look at what we’ve been achieving and why it is so important to the conservation of Australia’s threatened species.
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The silver-headed antechinus and black-tailed dusky antechinus are carnivorous marsupials found in high-elevation forests in parts of central-eastern and south-eastern Queensland. They were only described in the past six years, but they are already listed as Endangered. Knowing where they occur is essential for effective conservation, but current distribution knowledge is patchy. To address this, PhD candidate Stephane Batista in partnership with the Queensland Herbarium and Queensland Department of Environment and Science is modelling the habitat where these threatened species are likely to occur, and is using detection dogs to rapidly survey these sites.