EPBC Status: Endangered
SPRAT Species Profile: Burramys parvus — Mountain Pygmy-possum
Found in: New South Wales and Victoria
Threatened Species Strategy Scorecards:
Mountain Pygmy-possum Year 3 scorecard 2018 (PDF - 430.95 KB)
Mountain Pygmy-possum Year 3 scorecard 2018 (DOCX - 398.39 KB)
Year 3 Scorecard Summary (2018)
The Mountain Pygmy-possum is a very small possum endemic to the snow-covered alpine regions of Victoria and New South Wales. Fossil evidence shows the species was formerly more widely distributed, but its range has reduced and its population has declined due to predation by feral cats and red foxes, habitat changes arising from introduced herbivores, habitat loss, changing climatic conditions, altered fire regimes, loss of genetic diversity and probable reduction in a main food source (Bogong moths).
Most of these threats are being managed to some extent, through a range of actions to control feral cats and foxes, reconstruct habitat and undertake genetic rescue in some populations. The overall population appeared generally stable between 2015-18, although geographically separated populations may be undergoing different trends. Loss of genetic diversity remains a threat and over future decades, the species is likely to become increasingly impacted by climate change.
Intensive and long-lasting monitoring of Mountain Pygmy‑possums is undertaken in both NSW and Victoria and has guided effective management activities.
- Threatened species strategy
- 20 birds by 2020
- 20 mammals by 2020
- 30 plants by 2020
- Three year review of progress on priority bird and mammal species
Please note that this scorecard is due for review in Year 5 of the Threatened Species Strategy (2020). If you would like to contribute information on this species please provide your contact details to ThreatenedSpeciesCommissioner@awe.gov.au
Photo credit: Linda Broome