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northern quoll, Dasyurus hallucatus

alber (inh -)
pa'i (minha -)
in Uw Oykangand
in Pakanh


The northern quoll, Dasyurus hallucatus (family Dasyuridae) is commonly referred to locally as "native cat." It is grey-brown animal with large white spots. It does not have spots on the tail (the animal in the accompanying image is a related, spotted tail species).

Quolls are carnivorous, hunting for small mammals, reptiles, birds and insects by night. They are particularly agressive and pugnacious animals.

It is found in rocky areas and also in forest country such as eucalypt woodlands. It is now rarely seen in central Cape York Peninsula.

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