Welcome to the Backyard Bandicoots website. Here you can find information about our current and future research. For the next few years, we will be studying urban bandicoots in Mandurah. This is a collaborative project between Murdoch University researchers, City of Mandurah personnel, and local residents (this could be you!).
There are many species of bandicoot in Australia. The southwest species (Isoodon fusciventer) is sufficiently different from the eastern states southern brown bandicoot species (Westerman et al. 2012) to warrant being classified a species on its own (Travouillon & Phillips, 2018). We therefore call our southern brown bandicoots by their local name: ‘quenda’
Use the tabs above to explore our research projects and learn how you can get involved. If you are a university student, please check out our potential student projects. If you’re a teacher or parent (or just want to learn about quenda), have a look at our educational resources.
We would love to hear from you – what is your experience with quenda? Do you see them in your garden or local bushland? Is this the first time you’ve heard of them? Contact us or leave a comment below.
Westerman, M., Kear, B.P., Aplin, K., Meredith, R.W., Emerling, C. & Springer, M.S. (2012) Phylogenetic relationships of living and recently extinct bandicoots based on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 62, 97-108.
Travouillon, K. J., & Phillips, M. J. (2018). Total evidence analysis of the phylogenetic relationships of bandicoots and bilbies (Marsupialia: Peramelemorphia): reassessment of two species and description of a new species. Zootaxa, 4378(2), 224-256.