Dactylopsila trivirgata

Dactylopsila trivirgata

Dactylopsila trivirgata

(Striped Possum)

FAMILY

Petauridae

Species

Dactylopsila trivirgata

Common name

Striped Possum

Main colour; body size

White with black stripes; body to 12 cm, tail to 14 cm

Mature weight

Average 423 g

Scat shape, size

Rope-like, twisted, full of hairs

Location

Cairns

Description

This distinctive possum with the 3 black stripes contrasting with the white fur may be occasionally seen on campus in rainforest areas. It forages at night for insects, nectar and fruit. The 4th finger, which is longer than the others, is useful for digging borers out of stems.