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Leichhardt has or used to have 42 threatened animals within its boundaries. One of them is me, the Spotted-tailed Quoll.

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 Spotted-tailed Quoll

Spotted-tailed Quoll

Dasyurus maculatus gracilis

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

Dasyurus maculatus gracilis is found across 2 electorates.

The Spotted-tailed Quoll is a large carnivorous marsupial with reddish-brown fur and distinctive white spots of various sizes over its back and tail. Similar in size to a cat but with a more elongated body and shorter legs, individuals can grow up to 76 cm long and males can weigh up to 7 kg. The head of the Spotted-tailed Quoll has a distinctive pink-red nose and short, rounded ears that just extend above the outline of the head, and a wide gape on opening its mouth. When moving quickly it bounds and it is also an agile climber. The species can be very vocal, often when encountering a potential mate or another quoll in its territory, and has a distinctive 'piercing' scream. The subspecies is usually nocturnal and solitary.¹

Explore more about this species on the Atlas of Living Australia

Climate change and severe weatherClimate change and severe weather

Habitat loss, fragmentation and degradationHabitat loss, fragmentation and degradation

Invasive species and diseasesInvasive species and diseases

Overexploitation and other direct harm from human activitiesOverexploitation and other direct harm from human activities

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

Leichhardt has or used to have 80 threatened plants found within its boundaries. Some of these might not be as photogenic as the Spotted-tailed Quoll but they're just as important.

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