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Threatened species

Common Planigale - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Planigale maculata
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 22 Oct 2012


Common Planigales are tiny marsupials with a body length of about 8 cm and a tail as long again. They differ from the common house mouse in having a long, pointed snout with sharp teeth and large rounded ears. The head has a flattened appearance. Their fur is grey-brown above, sometimes with tiny white spots, and paler below.


Coastal north-eastern NSW, coastal east Queensland and Arnhem Land. The species reaches its confirmed southern distribution limit on the NSW lower north coast however there are reports of its occurrence as far south as the central NSW coast west of Sydney.

Habitat and ecology

  • Common Planigales inhabit rainforest, eucalypt forest, heathland, marshland, grassland and rocky areas where there is surface cover, and usually close to water.
  • They are active at night and during the day shelter in saucer-shaped nests built in crevices, hollow logs, beneath bark or under rocks.
  • They are fierce carnivorous hunters and agile climbers, preying on insects and small vertebrates, some nearly their own size.
  • They breed from October to January.
  • The female builds a nest lined with grass, eucalypt leaves or shredded bark.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

CMA CMA sub-region Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Hunter-Central RiversComboyne Plateau Predicted None
Hunter-Central RiversHunter Predicted None
Hunter-Central RiversKaruah Manning Known None
Hunter-Central RiversLiverpool Range Known None
Hunter-Central RiversMacleay Hastings Predicted None
Hunter-Central RiversWyong Known None
Northern RiversCataract Known None
Northern RiversChaelundi Known None
Northern RiversClarence Lowlands Known None
Northern RiversClarence Sandstones Known None
Northern RiversCoffs Coast & Escarpment Known None
Northern RiversComboyne Plateau Known None
Northern RiversDalmorton Known None
Northern RiversMacleay Hastings Known None
Northern RiversMurwillumbah (Qld - Southeast Hills and Ranges) Known None
Northern RiversRichmond - Tweed (Qld - Scenic Rim) (Part A) Known None
Northern RiversUpper Manning Predicted None
Northern RiversWoodenbong Known None
Northern RiversYuraygir Predicted None