Quoll Sighting? Blue Range Vic.

To: "susannah" <>, "Andrew Stafford" <>, "birding aus" <>
Subject: Quoll Sighting? Blue Range Vic.
From: "Lawrie Conole" <>
Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2001 23:03:02 +1100
Hi folks

The Eastern Quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus) - a rabbit sized quoll - comes in
tan as well as black livery.  They are however extinct on the mainland - now
only found in Tassie.  The Tiger or Spot-tailed Quoll (D. maculatus) - more
like a beagle sized beast - comes only in the brownish type pelage.  They
are rare and patchy in distribution, but where the observation came from, a
likely candidate.

The real question is - "Were there spots on the tail?".  That would settle

Cheers -- Lawrie

Susannah wrote:

> Thanks for the reference, though i understand you apprehension at using
> it as a "reference" material.  Shall try to find a copy in the library
> or uni.
> My experience is limited to one wild female, with mange, caught at
> Barren Grounds on a TAFE field trip and some poor creatures at
> Featherdale Wildlife park (how they justify the name is beyond me)
> pacing up and down.

Andrew wrote:

> > Yes, quolls do indeed come in different colour phases. Most are tawny
> > white spots, but some are striking black and white. I wouldn't usually
> > recommend this magazine to anyone but there are good photos of both
types in
> > Australian Geographic 56. I'm not convinced by Brian Fleming's
> > that the animal he saw was definitely a quoll, though.

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