The widespread Common Dunnart Sminthopsis murina is typically only infrequently found during trapping studies. Pitfall trapping is generally considered a more reliable trapping method for dunnarts than Elliott-type box traps, but is often time consuming and labour-intensive. This short paper documents incidental records of S. murina detected using artificial shelter objects established during herpetofauna surveys in the Pilliga forest, in northern inland New South Wales, and discusses the potential value of this survey technique as a complement to conventional trapping methods when conducting surveys for dunnarts

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