Southern brown bandicoot, Isoodon obesulus

Department of the Environment and Water Resources, 2007

Threatened Species Day fact sheet

Conservation status

Commonwealth: Isoodon obesulus obesulus: Endangered; Isoodon obesulus nauticus: Vulnerable (Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999)
South Australia: Isoodon obesulus obesulus: Vulnerable (National Parks & Wildlife Act 1972)
Victoria: Isoodon obesulus obesulus: Near Threatened (Department of Sustainability and Environment Threatened Species Advisory List 2003)
New South Wales: Isoodon obesulus obesulus: Endangered (Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995)

What does it look like?

The southern brown bandicoot is a medium sized marsupial with a long tapered snout, small ears and eyes, a large rump and short tail. Individuals can weigh between 400 and 1600 grams. Its body is mostly covered with coarse brown fur, with a softer creamy-white underbelly. Its forelegs, which are shorter than its hind legs, have curved claws used for digging for food.


Kirstin Long
Bandicoot Project Officer, Mount Lofty Ranges
SA Department for Environment and Heritage 
(08) 8336 0919


  • Long. K and Haby.N. (2004) Draft Recovery Plan for the Southern Brown Bandicoot in the Mt Lofty Ranges, SA Department for Environment and Heritage, South Australia