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.
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
- Stirling Ranges
- Karroun Hill