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Animal Database
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Dasyuromorphia
Family Dasyuridae
Genus Sminthopsis

Sminthopsis are furry narrow-footed marsupials the size of a mouse, members of the genus Sminthopsis. They are mainly insectivorous. A male dunnart's Y chromosome has only 4 genes, making it the smallest known mammalian Y chromosome.


There are 21 species, all in Australia and some in New Guinea:

Sminthopsis crassicaudata species-group
 Fat-tailed Dunnart (Gould, 1844)  (Sminthopsis crassicaudata)
Sminthopsis macroura species-group
 Kakadu Dunnart (Van Dyck, Woinarski & Press, 1994) (Sminthopsis bindi)
 Carpentarian Dunnart (Archer, 1979) (Sminthopsis butleri)
 Julia Creek Dunnart (Archer, 1979) (Sminthopsis douglasi)
 Stripe-faced Dunnart (Gould, 1845) (Sminthopsis macroura)
 Red-cheeked Dunnart (de Tarragon, 1847) (Sminthopsis virginiae)
Sminthopsis granulipes species-group
 White-tailed Dunnart (Troughton, 1932) (Sminthopsis granulipes)
Sminthopsis griseoventer species-group
 Kangaroo Island Dunnart (Kitchener, Stoddart and Henry 1984) (Sminthopsis aitkeni)
 Boullanger Island Dunnart (Crowther, Dickman & Lynam, 1999) (Sminthopsis boullangerensis)
 Grey-bellied Dunnart (Kitchener, Stoddart and Henry 1984) (Sminthopsis griseoventer)
Sminthopsis longicaudata species-group
 Long-tailed Dunnart (Spencer, 1909) (Sminthopsis longicaudata)
Sminthopsis murina species-group
 Chestnut Dunnart (Van Dyck, 1986) (Sminthopsis archeri)
 Little Long-tailed Dunnart (Kitchener, Stoddart and Henry 1984) (Sminthopsis dolichura)
 Sooty Dunnart (Gould, 1852) (Sminthopsis fulginosus)
 Gilbert's Dunnart (Kitchener, Stoddart and Henry 1984) (Sminthopsis gilberti)
 White-footed Dunnart (Gray, 1842) (Sminthopsis leucopus)
 Slender-tailed Dunnart (Waterhouse, 1838) (Sminthopsis murina)
Sminthopsis psammophila species-group
 Hairy-footed Dunnart (Thomas, 1898) (Sminthopsis hirtipes)
 Ooldea Dunnart (Troughton, 1965) (Sminthopsis ooldea)
 Sandhill Dunnart (Spencer, 1895) (Sminthopsis psammophila)
 Lesser Hairy-footed Dunnart (McKenzie & Archer, 1982) (Sminthopsis youngsoni)