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Species Dasyurus hallucatus Gould, 1842

Digul, Northern Quoll




Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


NT, Qld, WA: Arnhem Coast (ARC), Arnhem Plateau (ARP), Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Central Arnhem (CA), Central Kimberley (CK), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Daly Basin (DAB), Darwin Coastal (DAC), Desert Uplands (DEU), Dampierland (DL), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Gulf Fall and Uplands (GFU), Gulf Coastal (GUC), Gulf Plains (GUP), Little Sandy Desert (LSD), Mount Isa Inlier (MII), Northern Kimberley (NK), Pine Creek (PCK), Pilbara (PIL), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Tiwi Cobourg (TIW), Victoria Bonaparte (VB), Wet Tropics (WT)

Ecological Descriptors

Closed forest, omnivore, open forest, predator, subtropical, terrestrial, woodland.

Extra Ecological Information

Especially rocky places.


General References

Aitkin, L.M., Nelson, J.E. & Shepherd, R.K. 1994. Hearing, vocalization and the external ear of a marsupial, the northern quoll, Dasyurus hallucatus. Journal of Comparative Neurology 349: 377-388

Begg, R.J. 1981. The small mammals of Little Nourlangie Rock, N.T. III. Ecology of Dasyurus hallucatus, the Northern Quoll (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae). Australian Wildlife Research 8: 73-85

Braithwaite, R.W. 1989. Shelter selection by a small mammal community in the wet-dry tropics of Australia. Australian Mammalogy 12: 55-59

Braithwaite, R.W. & Begg, R.J. 1995. Northern Quoll Dasyurus hallucatus. pp. 65-66 in Strahan, R. (ed.). The Mammals of Australia: The National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife. Sydney : Reed New Holland 756 pp.

Braithwaite, R.W. & Griffiths, A.D. 1994. Demographic variation and range contraction in the northern quoll, Dasyurus hallucatus (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae). Wildlife Research 21: 203-217

Dempster, E.R. 1994. Vocalisations of adult northern quolls, Dasyurus hallucatus. Australian Mammalogy 17: 43-49

Dempster, E.R. 1995. The social behaviour of captive northern quolls, Dasyurus hallucatus. Australian Mammalogy 18: 27-34

Friend, G.R. & Taylor, J.A. 1985. Habitat preferences of small mammals in tropical open-forest of the Northern Territory. Australian Journal of Ecology 10: 173-185

International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. 1987. Opinion 1460 Dasyurus hallucatus Gould, 1842 (Mammalia: Marsupialia): conserved. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 44: 218

King, D. 1988. 1080 does not threaten the northern quoll. Journal of Agriculture, Western Australia 4 29: 88-90

King, D.R. 1989. An assessment of the hazard posed to northern quolls (Dasyurus hallucatus) by aerial baiting with 1080 to control dingoes. Australian Wildlife Research 16: 569-574

Kitchener, D.J., Keller, L.E., Chapman, A., McKenzie, N.L., Start, A.N. & Kenneally, K.F. 1981. Observations on Mammals of the Mitchell Plateau area, Kimberley, Western Australia. pp. 123–169 in, Biological Survey of Mitchell Plateau and Admiralty Gulf, Kimberley, Western Australia. Papers resulting from a joint field expedition to Mitchell Plateau, Kimberley, by the Western Australia Museum, Perth, and the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, U.S.A., 1976–1977. 274 pp.

Mahoney, J.A. & Ride, W.D.L. 1986. Dasyurus hallucatus Gould, 1842 (Mammalia, Marsupialia): proposed conservation by the suppression of Mustela quoll. Zimmermann, 1783, Z.N.(S)2472. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 43: 50-54

Nelson, J.E. 1992. Development staging in a marsupial Dasyurus hallucatus. Anatomy and Embryology 185: 335-354

Nelson, J.E., Yuemen, L. & Gemmell, R.T. 1992. Development of the urinary system of the marsupial native cat Dasyurus hallucatus. Acta Anatomica 144: 36-342

Oakwood, M. 2000. Reproduction and demography of the northern quoll, Dasyurus hallucatus, in the lowland savanna of northern Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology 48: 519-539

Oakwood, M. 2002. Spatial and social oranisation of a carnivorous marsupial Dasyurus hallucatus (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae). Journal of Zoology, London 257: 237-248

Oakwood, M. 2004. Death after sex. Australian Biologist 51: 5-8

Oakwood, M., Bradley, A.J., & Cockburn, A. 2001. Semelparity in a large marsupial. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London (B) 268: 407-411

Pellis, S.M. Vanderlely, R. & Nelson, J.E. 1992. The roles of vision and vibrissae in the predatory behaviour of northern quolls Dasyurus hallucatus (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae). Australian Mammalogy 15: 55-60

Pralomkarn, T., Nelson, J. & Gemmell, R.T. 1990. Postnatal development of the skin of the marsupial native cat Dasyurus hallucatus. Journal of Morphology 205: 233-242

Schmitt, L.H., Bradley, A.J., Kemper, C.M., Kitchener, D.J., Humphreys, W.F. & How, R.A. 1989. Ecology and physiology of the northern quoll, Dasyurus hallucatus (Marsupialia, Dasyuridae), at Mitchell Plateau, Kimberley, Western Australia. Journal of Zoology, London 217: 539-558

Ward, S.J. 1990. Life history of the western pygmy-possum, Cercartetus concinnus (Marsupialia: Burramyidae), with notes on reproduction of some other small possum species. Australian Journal of Zoology 38: 423-438


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
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