Bronze quoll

Bronze quoll
Bronze Quoll[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Dasyuromorphia
Family: Dasyuridae
Genus: Dasyurus
Species: D. spartacus
Binomial name
Dasyurus spartacus
Van Dyck, 1987
Bronze Quoll range

The Bronze Quoll (Dasyurus spartacus) is a species of quoll found only in the Trans Fly savanna and grasslands of New Guinea. It was discovered in the early 1970s when five specimens were collected, but only described in 1987 when Dr. Stephen Van Dyck of the Queensland Museum examined them and recognised their distinctness.[3]

Very little is known of it; it was previously thought to be an outlying population of the Western Quoll (Dasyurus geoffroii).[4]


  1. ^ Groves, C. (2005). Wilson, D. E., & Reeder, D. M, eds. ed. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 25. OCLC 62265494. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. 
  2. ^ Leary, T., Seri, L., Flannery, T., Wright, D., Hamilton, S., Helgen, K., Singadan, R., Menzies, J., Allison, A., James, R. & Woolley, P. (2008). Dasyurus spartacus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 28 December 2008. Database entry includes justification for why this species is listed as near threatened
  3. ^ Shuker, Karl (1993). The Lost Ark: New and Rediscovered Animals of the 20th Century. HarperCollins Publishers. pp. 91. ISBN 0-00-219943-2. 
  4. ^ Firestone, Karen. "Population genetics of New Guinean quolls". University of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 2006-09-18. Retrieved 2007-02-02.