Perameles eremiana Spencer

Desert Bandicoot (Perameles eremiana)

The Desert Bandicoot, described in 1897, was restricted to the arid center of Australia; the natives there called it iwurra, mulgaruquirra and waliya.

The nocturnal and flesh-eating species inhabited dry, sandy areas covered with spinifex grass (Spinifex spp.) and other tusock grasses.

The Desert Bandicoot disappeared most likely due to predation by feral cats and Red Foxes (Vulpes vulpes (L.)) introduced from Europe; the last sighting took place in 1943 in Western Australia.


Photo: David Staples

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edited: 19.01.2020