Dasyurids & Numbats

The dasyurids are the carnivorous marsupials – not usually large but for their size some have big teeth!

Brush-tailed phascogale (Wambenger) – Phascogale tapoatafa

Found in areas of Jarrah forest and they have large home ranges so not often seen.   I am hoping to find other locations.


  • Mundaring – I found one in Mundaring after reading reports through a variety of sources – see blog.
  • Pagan

Red-tailed phascogale – Phascogale calura

Rarer and smaller than the brush-tailed they are usually found in stands of sheok.   They seem to really not like white light of spotlights and better in red light.  They move extremely fast.


  • Dryandra – in the sandalwood plantation detailed in this blog but I never got a photo as it didn’t stay still.  Also one seen near Gnaala Mia Campground just near the sheok on the main road – see this blog.
  • Tutanning NR – found in small sheok stand – see this blog.

Chuditch (Western Quoll) – Dasyurus geoffroii

I found it very difficult to find my first one.

  • Julimar Forest – haven’t been able to confirm reports – road can be quite rough and need to be careful in SUV.
  • Boyagin – I have not seen but seen evidence on camera traps from the Boyagin Boys
  • Lane Poole Reserve – I have not seen but advice given around “Chuditch” campsite
  • Perup – I have heard reports and Jimmy has seen a few times
  • Dryandra – this is where I saw my first Chuditch – see blog for details.  Jimmy also saw one on my second time there but I didn’t see – blog.

Mardo (Yellow-footed antichinus) – Antechinus flavipes

I have not found one yet but seen photos from Dryandra.

Numbat – Myrmecobius fasciatus

The state faunal emblem for Western Australia but endangered and possibly less than a 1000 left.  They are unusual for Australian mammals as they are diurnal (out during the day) and feed exclusively on termites.  See this link for a video.

They are only found in a number of locations – only 2 complete natural surviving populations

  • Natural surviving populations in the mid 80s – only about 300 left at that time.
    • Perup (Jarrah forest)
    • Dryandra (Wandoo woodland)
  • Translocated – some sites have not had recent surveys so population health not well known.
    • Boyagin (Wandoo woodland) – This is probably the best location to find numbats.  This article details the best technique – essentially driving tracks very slowly looking for movement.  On my 4th time of trying to see numbats I had an extraordinary encounter with my friend Jimmy – we found a pair in January and watched pre-mating behaviour for an extended period – blog.
    • Tutanning NR
    • Dragon Rocks
    • Batalling
    • Stirling Ranges
    • Karroun Hill