Western Barred Bandicoot, Perameles bougainville

The western barred bandicoot (Perameles bougainville), or the marl, is a species of marsupial that is classified within the Peramelidae family. It once held a large range in Australia, but now only occurs in Western Australia on the islands of Dorre, Bernier, and Faure. This species reaches an average body length of 1.5 feet and is typically dark in color, with two bands of blackish fur occurring on its hind body. It is active during the morning and evening hours and hunts for worms, insects, and spiders, although it is known to consume roots and tubers. Conservation efforts to preserve this bandicoot include reintroduction into mainland Australia, where predation by red foxes can be controlled. The western barred bandicoot appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Endangered.”

Image Caption: Perameles bougainville (originally Perameles myosurus). Credit: John Gould/Wikipedia