Western quoll

Important to the Australian aboriginal people as the symbol of their mythology and for ceremonial purposes

Nezumi Dumousseau

Western quolls have a rufous-brown coat with 40 to 70 white spots on their back and creamy white on the underside. The face is often a lighter shade than the body, and the ears have a white rim. They also have pointed ears and large eyes adapted for a nocturnal lifestyle. A black brush runs halfway up the tail to the end of the tail.

They once occupied around 70% of Australia’s continent, but now they are restricted to the southwestern corner of Western Australia. This might be due to land clearing, forest fires, and the introduction of feral cats and foxes that prey on them.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Australia
12,000-15,000
Official estimate
NT
2012
Western Australia

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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