National Recovery Plan for the Eastern Barred Bandicoot (mainland) Perameles gunnii unnamed subspecies
Department of Sustainability and Environment, Melbourne
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The Eastern Barred Bandicoot Perameles gunnii is a small marsupial endemic to south-eastern Australia, where it occurs in Tasmania and south-western Victoria. Tasmanian and mainland populations are recognised as distinct subspecies, although these have not been formally named. The original wild population of the mainland subspecies is presumed extinct, and now survives in three reintroduced populations collectively comprising c. 150–250 animals, and a captive population of 50 animals. Major threats include predation by the Red Fox Vulpes vulpes, habitat loss and prolonged drought. The impact of drought on populations may increase in severity with climate change. The mainland subspecies is listed as Endangered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) and Threatened under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act). This revised national Recovery Plan for the mainland subspecies of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot builds on previous plans for the subspecies (Backhouse 1992, Watson & Halley 2000), and details its distribution and biology, conservation status, threats, and recovery objectives and actions to ensure its long-term survival.