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Daintree Mammals – Cooper Creek Wilderness

Daintree Rainforest mammals include marsupials, monotremes, dasyurids, macropods, possums and a rich diversity of placentals, including primates, bats, mice and rats.  

The egg-laying mammals are seen very infrequently.  Given that all water-courses throughout the Daintree Rainforest lowlands are habitat to Estuarine Crocodiles, Platypus are understandably scarce. Echidnas are seen about once a year, mostly at night, but where the dig-in to defend themselves from potential harm as a signature behaviour, with the complex root-structure of Daintree Rainforest, these spiny mammals run to the nearest hollow under a tree.

The Daintree Rainforest Mammal List (below) includes the inhabitants of Cooper Creek Wilderness:

Monotremata

Monotremes

Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)

Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

Marsupialia

Dasyuromorphia (Australasian carnivorous marsupials)

Dasyurids

Northern Tiger Quoll (Dasyurus maculata gracilis)

Yellow-footed Antechinus (Antechinus flavipes rubeculus)

Peramelemorphia (bandicoots and bilbies)

Bandicoots

Northern Brown Bandicoot (Isoodon macrourus)

Long-nosed Bandicoot (Perameles nasuta)

Diprotodontia (kangaroos, wallabies, possums, gliders, etc.)

Possums

Striped Possum (Dactylopsila trivirgata)

Long-tailed Pygmy Possum (Cercartetus caudatus)

Macropods

Musky Rat-Kangaroo (Hypsiprymnodon moschatus)

Red-legged Pademelon (Thylogale stigmatica stigmatica)

Swamp Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor)

Bennett’s Tree Kangaroo (Dendrolagus bennettianus)

Eutheria (Placental mammals)

Chiroptera (Bats)

Microchiroptera (Echolocating bats)

Micro-Bats

Megachirptera (Old World Fruit Bats)

Spectacled Flying-fox (Pteropus conspicillatus)

Little Red Flying-fox (Pteropus scapulatus)

Queensland Tube-nosed Bat (Nyctimene robinsoni)

Queensland Blossom-bat (Syconycteris australis)

Northern Blossom-bat (Macroglossus lagochilus)

Rodentia (Mice, rats)

Muroidea (Mice, rats)

Murinae (Old world mice and rats)

Rattini

Rattus

Bush Rat (Rattus fuscipes)

Cape York Rat (Rattus leucopus)

Hydromyini

Melomys

Fawn-footed Melomys (Melomys cervinipes)

Hydromys

Water-rat (Hydromys chrysogaster)

Pogonomys

Prehensile-tailed Rat (Pogonomys mollipilosus)

Uromys

Thornton Peak Melomys (Uromys hadrourus)

White-tailed Rat (Uromys caudimaculatus)

Carnivora

Caniformia

Canidae

Dingo (Canis lupus dingo)

Primates

Catarrhini

Hominidae

Homo

Modern Humans (Homo sapiens sapiens)

Artiodactyla

Suidae

Suinae

Wild Boar (Sus scrofa)

By | 2017-04-25T08:51:07+00:00 April 9th, 2017|Fauna|0 Comments

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