Crest-tailed Mulgara, Dasycercus cristicauda

The crest-tailed mulgara (Dasycercus cristicauda), also known as the ampurta, is a species of marsupial that is native to Australia, where it is thought to reside in a limited range between the Northern Territory and South Australia. It has been found to prefer a habitat within sandy areas that predominately hold Sandhill Canegrass. It is sometimes known as the crest-tailed marsupial mouse, due to its slight resemblance to a rat. Little is known about the habits of this species, but its reproductive behaviors are thought to be similar to D. blythi. There are no major threats to the crest-tailed mulgara, but more information is need about the species to assess its sustainability completely. Because of its stable population and relatively large distribution, it appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Chætocercus cristicauda = Dasycercus cristicauda. Credit: Joseph Smit/Wikipedia