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Threatened species

Long-nosed Bandicoot population in inner western Sydney - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Perameles nasuta - endangered population
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered Population
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 31 Oct 2008
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017


A nocturnal marsupial of medium size. Adults range from 310 - 425 mm in head and body length, tail length varies from 120 - 155 mm and body weight may vary from 850 - 1100 grams. Males are larger than females. Colour is typically dark, greyish-brown above and creamy white below. The forefeet and upper surfaces of the hindfeet are also creamy white. The muzzle is long and pointed and the ears are distinctly larger and more pointed than short-nosed bandicoots of the genus Isoodon.


The exact area occupied by the population is not clearly defined, and includes the local government areas (LGA) of Marrickville and Canada Bay, with the likelihood that it also includes Canterbury, Ashfield and Leichhardt LGAs. Future research may better define the population and possibly indicate a wider distribution. This population is disjunct from the nearest records of the Long-nosed Bandicoot, which occur north of the Parramatta River or much further south at Holsworthy Military Reserve.

Habitat and ecology

  • Shelter mostly under older houses and buildings
  • Forage in parkland and back-yards
  • There are apparently no large blocks of suitable habitat, likely to support a large source population, on the Cooks River to the south, or along the southern foreshore of Parramatta River and Sydney Harbour to the north

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Sydney BasinCumberland Known Marrickville, Canada Bay, Canterbury, Ashfield and Leichhardt LGAs
Sydney BasinPittwater Known Marrickville, Canada Bay, Canterbury, Ashfield and Leichhardt LGAs