About the recovery plan
The Spotted-tailed Quoll Dasyurus maculatus is a distinctive marsupial carnivore endemic to eastern Australia, where it is widely distributed from north-eastern Queensland to Tasmania. Three separate taxa are identified and listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999: Dasyurus maculatus gracilis restricted to north-eastern Queensland (listed as Endangered); Dasyurus maculatus maculatus (SE mainland population) occurs from southern Queensland through to south-western Victoria (listed as Endangered) and Dasyurus maculatus maculatus (Tasmanian population) restricted to Tasmania (listed as Vulnerable).
This recovery plan covers all three EPBC Act listed taxa - D. m. gracilis, D. m. maculatus (southeastern mainland population) and D. m. maculatus (Tasmanian population).
The spotted-tailed quoll has suffered a substantial decline in range and abundance since European settlement of Australia. Major threats to the species are thought to include habitat loss, modification and fragmentation, timber harvesting, poison baiting, competition and predation from introduced carnivores, deliberate killing, road mortality, bushfire and prescribed burning, poisoning by cane toads, and climate change. This National Recovery Plan for the Spotted-tailed Quoll is the first national recovery plan prepared for the species. The Plan details the species’ distribution, habitat, conservation status, threats, and recovery objectives and actions necessary to ensure the long-term survival of the spotted-tailed quoll. The strategy for recovery will be to focus on reducing the impact of threatening processes throughout the species’ range and subsequently halt the current decline in its distribution and abundance. Increasing knowledge of the distribution and status of populations, the impact and management of threatening processes, and investigation of key biological and ecological attributes is also required to facilitate recovery.