Endemic Animals of Tasmania








Eastern Bettong
Eastern Bettong
An Eastern bettong can be described as a ‘tiny kangaroo’, having the distinctive hind limbs, ideal for hopping, along with short forelimbs. They are brown-gray on top, with white or light bellies. Their tail is as long as their head and body, usually with a white tip. Their tail is usually to provide balance (as with a kangaroo), but can grip very light items.
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Eastern Bettong
Tasmanian Devil
Tasmanian Devil
In the prehistoric period, these animals were widely distributed throughout mainland Australia. Today, however, the Tasmanian devil is merely a symbol of Tasmania. The Tasmanian devil is a well-known, small marsupial the size of a small dog. The species is so called by the early European settlers due to its overall black coloration, bad temper, and the terrifying screeching sounds it emits. And indeed, this marsupial often has aggressive ...
behavior and is commonly known for its spine-chilling calls. Moreover, this animal has extremely strong jaws and teeth, allowing it to totally destroy its meal, including bones and fur.
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Tasmanian Devil
Eastern Quoll
Eastern Quoll
The Eastern quoll is a medium-sized species of marsupial. The fur of the animal is thick but soft, colored with fawn, brown or black and exhibiting small, white patches all over the body except with the tail. Generally, these quolls come in two distinct color patterns: either fawn with whitish under parts or black with brownish under parts. Meanwhile, in both cases the animals display the characteristic white patches. The fawn color pattern ...
occurs more often, though young in the same litter may exhibit both of these patterns.
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Eastern Quoll
Tasmanian Pademelon
Tasmanian Pademelon
Tasmanian pademelons are short stocky marsupials. They have soft dark brown to grey brown fur on the back, and reddish brown or lighter brown fur on stomach. Tasmanian pademelons have a short tail and compact body. This is very useful for maneuvering through dense vegetation. The males in this species are larger than females.
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Tasmanian Pademelon
Tasmanian emu
Tasmanian emu
The Tasmanian emu is an extinct subspecies of the emu. It was found in Tasmania, where it had become isolated during the Late Pleistocene. As opposed to the other insular emu taxa, the King Island emu and the Kangaroo Island emu, the population on Tasmania was sizable, meaning that there were no marked effects of small population size as in the other two isolates. The Tasmanian emu became extinct around 1865 according to the Australian Species ...
Profile and Threats database. Officially this was recorded in 1997 when changes to listings of nationally threatened species saw the Tasmanian sub-species of emu added to the list of species presumed extinct. Information regarding the emu is reliant on 19th century documentary evidence and the limited number of emu specimens in museums. As a consequence one of the biggest challenges in researching the Tasmanian emu is the many names or spellings used to describe the emu. The early colonial accounts spell it ‘emue’, Reverend Robert Knopwood spelt it as ‘emew’. Other early accounts referred to it as a ‘cassowary’ and even an ‘ostrich’. George Augustus Robinson recorded two indigenous words for the Tasmanian emu. The Oyster Bay Indigenous language word for emu is Pun.nune.ner and the Brune Indigenous language word is Gonanner.
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Tasmanian emu
Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle
Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle
The Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle is an endangered bird of Tasmania. It is a subspecies of the more common wedge-tailed eagle.
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Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle
Spotted skink
Spotted skink
There are three species of skink named spotted skink:
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Spotted skink
She-oak skink
She-oak skink
The she-oak skink is a large, long-tailed, snake-like skink endemic to Tasmania, Australia. It is viviparous; mating in spring, and giving birth in latest summer.
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She-oak skink
Carinascincus orocryptus
Carinascincus orocryptus
Carinascincus orocryptus, the heath cool-skink, mountain skink or Tasmanian mountain skink, is a skink endemic to Tasmania, Australia. It is viviparous and mainly found in alpine areas, though occurring down to sea-level in the south-west of the state.
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Carinascincus orocryptus
Neotrigonia margaritacea
Neotrigonia margaritacea
Neotrigonia margaritacea, common name the pearly brooch-shell, is a species of saltwater clam, a marine bivalve mollusc in the family Trigoniidae. This species is known from sandy substrates in shallow seas in southeastern and southwestern Australia. This species was the first member of the family to be discovered alive; previous to its discovery, trigoniids were only known from fossils.
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Neotrigonia margaritacea
Goniobranchus tasmaniensis
Goniobranchus tasmaniensis
Goniobranchus tasmaniensis is a species of colourful sea slug, a dorid nudibranch, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Chromodorididae.
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Goniobranchus tasmaniensis
Astele subcarinata
Astele subcarinata
Astele subcarinata, common name the subcarinate top shell, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Calliostomatidae.
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Astele subcarinata
Nepotilla microscopica
Nepotilla microscopica
Nepotilla microscopica is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Raphitomidae.
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Nepotilla microscopica
Chromodoris ambigua
Chromodoris ambigua
Chromodoris ambigua is a species of colourful sea slug, a dorid nudibranch, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Chromodorididae.
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Chromodoris ambigua
Goniobranchus multimaculosus
Goniobranchus multimaculosus
Goniobranchus multimaculosus is a species of colourful sea slug, a dorid nudibranch, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Chromodorididae. This species was transferred from Chromodoris to Goniobranchus in 2012.
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Goniobranchus multimaculosus
Asperdaphne bela
Asperdaphne bela
Asperdaphne bela is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Raphitomidae.
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Asperdaphne bela
Alcyna kingensis
Alcyna kingensis
Alcyna kingensis, common name the King Island kelp shell, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Trochidae, the top snails.
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Alcyna kingensis
Crassispira pseudocarinata
Crassispira pseudocarinata
Crassispira pseudocarinata is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Pseudomelatomidae.
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Crassispira pseudocarinata
Comitas crenularoides
Comitas crenularoides
Comitas crenularoides is an extinct species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Pseudomelatomidae, the turrids and allies.
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Comitas crenularoides
Comitas wynyardensis
Comitas wynyardensis
Comitas wynyardensis is an extinct species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Pseudomelatomidae, the turrids and allies.
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Comitas wynyardensis
Mitromorpha multicostata
Mitromorpha multicostata
Mitromorpha multicostata is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Mitromorphidae.
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Mitromorpha multicostata
Mitromorpha columnaria
Mitromorpha columnaria
Mitromorpha columnaria is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Mitromorphidae.
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Mitromorpha columnaria
Asperdaphne esperanza
Asperdaphne esperanza
Asperdaphne esperanza is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Raphitomidae.
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Asperdaphne esperanza
Diloma zelandicum
Diloma zelandicum
Diloma zelandicum is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Trochidae, the top snails or top shells.
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Diloma zelandicum