Western pygmy possum

Population is stable, but still rare in the south coast & Southwest Australia

Ian R McCann

The western pygmy possum is an unusual species compared to its other genus members: while all are grey, this species has bright cinnamon-colored fur. Apart from this, it also has pure white underparts and a thin ring of dark brown fur in front of its eyes.

They are also considered Vulnerable species because of habitat loss and lack of food resources. This species’ distribution range includes Southwest Australia, the South coast, the Wheat belt and South Australia areas, Kangaroo Island, and Victoria south to Eden hope. Meanwhile, it is locally listed as endangered in far Southwestern New South Wales.


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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size)/ Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No