This is my collection of reference images for mammal camera-trap surveys. Most photos were taken as part of my PhD research in the Otway Ranges, Victoria, but others are from surveys of Coranderrk Bushland for Zoos Victoria.
For each species, I’ve provided some enlarged photographs that highlight the key features and show the species from several different angles. Clicking on the image will open a full-screen version. For some species, I have also included a full photograph to provide scale.
I’d love to hear from you if you have additional ID tips or photos of other Australian species to contribute.
However, user-beware: species identification from camera-trap images is notoriously variable. I’ve had these images checked by my colleagues, but if you disagree about any of the IDs or tips below, please let me know!
THE LITTLEST CRITTERS:
Agile antechinus – Antechinus agilis
Dusky antechinus – Antechinus swainsonii
Eastern pygmy possum – Cercartetus nanus
House mouse – Mus musculus
A WEE BIT BIGGER:
Bush rat – Rattus fuscipes
Swamp rat – Rattus lutreolus
Black rat – Rattus rattus
Long-nosed bandicoot – Perameles nasuta
Southern brown bandicoot – Isoodon obesulus
Long-nosed potoroo – Potorous tridactylus
Common ringtail possum – Pseudocheirus peregrinus
Common brushtail possum – Trichosurus vulpecula
Mountain brushtail possum (or southern bobuck) – Trichosurus cunninghami
Thankyou Kate Parkins, Matt Swan, Kaye P. and Craig Mildwaters for additional images, ID tips and reviews