dunnart

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dunnart

(ˈdʌnɑːt)
n
(Animals) a mouselike insectivorous marsupial of the genus Sminthopsis of Australia and New Guinea
[C20: from a native Australian language]
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Quolls, Short-beaked Echidnas and Platypus are mediumsize, while Water Rats, rats, Brush-tailed Phascogales, microbats, dunnarts and antechinuses are small predators.
In the nocturnal house we saw dalgytes, mulgaras, dunnarts, rakalis and woylies, all small mammals.
In poor conditions, many native mammals such as rodents and dunnarts maintain low numbers, which are confined to small areas ready to respond to a rainfall event or a pulse in resources.
After packing as much food as he could into his truck, Kortner spent two 4-week periods observing the dunnarts during the Australian winter, with its 36 A[bar]C days and near-freezing nights.
Another insectivorous marsupial mouse, the fat-tailed antechinus (Pseudantechinus macdonnellensis), may thicken the base of its tail if its diet allows for the accumulation of fat reserves; the same goes for some dunnarts (Sminthopsis) such as Ooldea's dunnart (S.
I later met some of the other characters, too: some mulgaras, dunnarts and desert mice.
To test his hypothesis, Mortola and Australian colleagues isolated newborn dunnarts in separate, sealed chambers.
In their recent laboratory studies, the Australian researchers demonstrated that the rabbit virus fails to infect any of the 28 domestic and wild animal species they tested, including such natives as bush rats and fat-tailed dunnarts. However, to use the virus as a control agent, the researchers needed to know how well it kills rabbits in the field and whether it disrupts the breeding success of survivors, lasts a respectable time, and interacts with myxomatosis.
Dunnarts are notoriously trapshy and can often be difficult to capture using Elliott-type box-traps (Kutt et al.
Geckoes in turn are preyed upon by some of our small nocturnal mammals such as, dunnarts, planigales, antechinus, etc.
The five White-footed Dunnarts recorded were all captured in Elliott traps; however, pitfall trapping commonly produces records of this species.
For many years we have had problems with the common dunnart Sminthopsis murina.