To: Graham Stephinson <>, canberrabirds chatline <>
Subject: Antechinus?
From: Bron King <>
Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 16:08:15 +1100
The Agile Antechinus was described in 1998, so many of our favourite field guides won't list it.  Prior to 1998 A. agilis was confused with A. stuartii (Brown Antechinus) which is superficially similar.  The published description of A. agilis is at

I'm not directly familiar with the habitat at Garuwanga, but it is within  the range of two antechinuses; A. agilis and A. swainsonii (Dusky Antechinus).  The Dusky is confined to moist forest gullies with friable soil, while the Agile uses a wide range of forest habitats.

Daryl King

At 09:40 AM 18/02/2011, Graham Stephinson wrote:


I'm okay, had a thorough going over at QBN hospital, seems I shall be around for a few years yet!!

Re. the Antechinus.  What species is the Agile Antechinus?  My books don't mention an Agile version.

Thanks for your concern.


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