Kakadu dunnart

The Kakadu dunnart (Sminthopsis bindi) is a dunnart first described in 1994 and whose closest relative is the Carpentarian dunnart. It typically has a body length of 50-85mm with a tail 60-105mm long, for a total length between 110-190mm. It weighs between 10-25g, placing it in the mid-range of dunnarts. Its colour is grey, gingery on the upper body and underbelly, with white feet.[3]

Kakadu dunnart[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Dasyuromorphia
Family: Dasyuridae
Genus: Sminthopsis
S. bindi
Binomial name
Sminthopsis bindi
Van Dyck, Woinarski & Press, 1994
Distribution of the Kakadu dunnart

The Kakadu dunnart lives near the Top End of the Northern Territory of Australia around the Kakadu National Park. It prefers a habitat of stony woodlands on a hilly geography.[3]

Little is known about the social organisation or breeding habits of this species, as it is not well studied, but it probably breeds in the dry season and may burrow.[3]

Its diet may include arthropods and other insects.[3]


  1. Groves, C. P. (2005). Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 33. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. OCLC 62265494.
  2. Woinarski, J.; Burbidge, A.A. (2016). "Sminthopsis bindi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T40551A21948917. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T40551A21948917.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  3. Menkhorst, Peter W. (1995). Mammals of Victoria. Oxford Press. p. 70. ISBN 0-19-553733-5.
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