Nature conservation

Threatened species

Stripe-faced Dunnart (Sminthopsis macroura)

Saving our Species strategy

This species has been assigned to the Landscape species management stream under the Saving our Species (SoS) program.

Justification for allocation to this management stream

This species is distributed across relatively large areas and is subject to threatening processes that generally act at the landscape scale (e.g. habitat loss or degradation) rather than at distinct, defineable locations.

Conservation status

Management objectives

This SoS strategy aims to ensure that the species is secure in the wild in NSW and that its NSW geographic range is extended or maintained and maintain its conservation status under the BC Act.

Species sightings and management sites across NSW

The map below displays the species’ distribution in NSW, based upon the species’ geographic range, habitat distribution or area of occupancy (to as high a resolution as available data allow, using a range of data sources).

Information about the species’ habitat and ecology is available here.

The map may also display one or more management sites where management of important populations is underway. More information is available in the tables below.


The species occurs in the following IBRA (Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for Australia) regions in NSW:

Brigalow Belt South
Broken Hill Complex
Channel Country
Cobar Peneplain
Darling Riverine Plains
Mulga Lands
Murray Darling Depression
Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields

Proportion of the species' distribution on reserve

7% of the species' distribution occurs on reserve (within NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service estate).

Critical actions for this species

The key threats to the viability of landscape-managed species are loss, fragmentation and degradation of habitat, and widespread pervasive factors such as impacts of climate change and disease. Many of these threats are addressed by NSW planning, native vegetation, and biodiversity legislation, policy and programs including the offsets program (BioBanking, NSW Biodiversity Offsets Policy for Major Projects), Biodiversity Certification, management of environmental water and reservation under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

Threats to this species are outlined here.

The actions listed in the action toolbox are supplementary to NSW legislation, policy and programs and can be used by stakeholders, where applicable to guide management at a site, regional or state scale.

Action toolbox

Action DescriptionScale
Identify travelling stock reserves that are particularly important as dunnart habitat, and negotiate to manage grazing as walk-through only, avoiding intensive grazing wherever possible. Area
Conduct targeted survey for the species in areas with suitable habitat to identify new populations and clarify the species' distribution and abundance (e.g. on floodplain soils around Bellata, Millie and Mungindi). Optimal method is pitfall trapping for at least a 5 night duration. Area
Trial installation of small (10-20ha) stock-proof enclosures in agricultural landscapes, to act as population refuges. Enclosures should be monitored to evaluate effectiveness using an adaptive management approach. Site
Negotiate with landholders and land managers managing dunnart habitat, to promote the retention of patches of intact saltbush or other ground layer vegetation, with minimal grazing or other disturbance. Site
Liaise with relevant landholders and fire management agencies throughout the species' range, to promote fire regimes that aim to retain patches of ground layer vegetation and coarse woody debris throughout the landscape. Site
Raise awareness of the occurrence and importance of the species, among relevant landholders, with particular attention to identifying dunnarts brought in by domestic cats and encouraging responsible cat ownership. Area
Raise awareness among agricultural landholders of the potential impacts of using fenitrothion in or near dunnart habitat. Promote the use of less toxic alternatives (e.g. Green Guard / Metarhizium). Area

How will this species be managed?

Key management sites for this threatened species are being identified by the NSW Government and other program partners, where feasible, cost-effective and beneficial management actions can be undertaken. Currently, no management sites have been identified for this threatened species.

Are you or is someone you know doing conservation work for this species or in this area?

Contact us to tell us about the work. Your input will help OEH evaluate the status of threatened species and provide a broader picture of conservation work across NSW.