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Grey has or used to have 41 threatened animals within its boundaries. One of them is me, the Sandhill Dunnart.

We took care to attach appropriate images that are as close to representative of each species as our resources and the availability of images allowed. However, we could not ensure perfect accuracy in every case. Some images show species that share the same genus but not at the species or subspecies level.

Photo of Sandhill Dunnart

Sandhill Dunnart

Sminthopsis psammophila

Status: Endangered

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) lists threatened species under six categories:
Extinct, Extinct in the wild, Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable, Conservation dependent. Read more about these categories

Sminthopsis psammophila is found across 2 electorates.

The sandhill dunnart occurs in isolated sandy arid and semi arid areas in the Great Victoria Desert and the Eyre Peninsula. It occurs in vegetation dominated by hummock grassland. The species shelters during the day in nests in the centre of large hummocks, especially in hummocks that have started to die off in the centre, where the dig a circular depression. Females also dig 90 cm long burrows that end in a small chamber with nesting material. Males use a more diverse array of nest sites, including small burrows between spinifex clumps, hollow logs and existing burrows of Mitchell's hopping-mouse.¹

Explore more about this species on the Atlas of Living Australia

Adverse fire regimesAdverse fire regimes

Habitat loss, fragmentation and degradationHabitat loss, fragmentation and degradation

Invasive species and diseasesInvasive species and diseases

Explore more about the threats facing species on our Resources page.

Grey has or used to have 66 threatened plants found within its boundaries. Some of these might not be as photogenic as the Sandhill Dunnart but they're just as important.

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