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An observation of mating in free-living spotted-tailed quolls (Dasyurus maculatus gracilis)

S. E. Burnett A B *
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A University of the Sunshine Coast, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Sippy Downs, Qld, Australia.

B Present address: PO Box 1219, Maleny, Qld 4552, Australia.

* Correspondence to:

Handling Editor: Ross Goldingay

Australian Mammalogy 46, AM23041
Submitted: 31 August 2023  Accepted: 29 September 2023  Published: 10 October 2023

© 2024 The Author(s) (or their employer(s)). Published by CSIRO Publishing on behalf of the Australian Mammal Society.


Mating by a pair of wild spotted-tailed quolls was captured in a series of still images on a motion camera at the Windsor Tableland, far north Queensland. Typical of dasyurids, the mating was prolonged (5.75 h), although shorter than that usually described for captive quolls. Surprisingly, mating commenced shortly before dawn, and continued into mid-morning in an exposed location on the rainforest floor. The mating resulted in a distinctive, cleared circular area on the forest floor, similar to that described in captive situations. This may be a useful, if short-lived trace, for identifying the presence of mating quolls.

Keywords: breeding behaviour, captive quolls, daysurid, marsupial, mating, spotted-tailed quoll, wet tropics, Windsor Tableland.


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