Albinism in Dasyurus species-a collation of historical and modern records

Judy Dunlop, David Peacock, Harry Moore, Mitchell Cowan

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Abstract

A new record of an albino marsupial, the northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus), is described and placed in the context of 10 records since 1874 from all four Australian quoll species. Of the 10 previous records, one was D. hallucatus, seven are likely to be D. viverrinus, one D. maculatus and one unknown. The recent record comprises the live capture of a healthy adult female northern quoll from the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Despite the rarity and likely deleterious nature of the albino condition, this animal appeared to be in good health, carrying eight pouch young, and was released at location of capture following tissue sampling for DNA analysis.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAustralian Mammalogy
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Jul 2019

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Albinism in Dasyurus species-a collation of historical and modern records. / Dunlop, Judy; Peacock, David; Moore, Harry; Cowan, Mitchell.

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