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Mammals of the Granite Belt

Monotremes are mammals that lay eggs but still suckle their young like all other mammals.

  • Monotremes of the Granite Belt include:
  • Ornithorhynchus australis - Platypus (C)
  • Tachyglossus aculeatus - Short-beaked echidna (C)

    Carnivorous marsupials

    Carnivorous marsupials (dasyurids) eat insects, birds, reptiles or other small mammals. They usually have a hairy tail and a pointy snout.


    Dasyurids of the Granite Belt include:

  • Antechinus flavipes - Yellow-footted antechinus (C)
  • Antechinus stuartii - Brown antechinus (C)
  • Dasyurus maculatus maculatus - Spotted-tailed quoll (V)
  • Smithopsis murina - Common dunnart (C)

    Herbivorous marsupials

    Like the name says, the diet of the herbivorous marsupial consists of plants only.


    Herbivorous marsupials (not elsewhere mentioned) of the Granite Belt include:

  • Phascolarctos cinereus - Koala (C)
  • Vombatus ursinus - Common wombat (V)


    Rodents are so called because they have two continuously growing teeth (incisors) in the upper and lower jaws, and because they continuously grow they must be kept short by gnawing.


    Rodents of the Granite Belt include:

  • Hydromys chrysogaster - Water rat (C)
  • Mus musculus - House mouse (introduced)
  • Rattus fuscipes - Bush rat (C)
  • Rattus lutreolus - Swamp rat (C)
  • Rattus rattus - Black rat (introduced)

    Feral animals

    Feral animals are so called because they are animals that have escaped domestication and returned to the wild (partly or wholly).


    Feral animals of the Granite Belt include:

  • Canis lupus dingo - Dingo (introduced)
  • Vulpes vulpes - Fox (introduced)
  • Felis catus - Cat (introduced)
  • Oryctolagus cuniculus - Rabbit (introduced)
  • Lepus capensis - Brown hare (introduced)
  • Sus scrofa - Pig (introduced)
  • Dama dama - Fallow deer

    Key: (C) - common, (E) - endangered, (V) - vulnerable

    Reference: Species List of Wildlife of Girraween National Park, 2004, EPA, QPWS, Brisbane