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Northern Brown Bandicoot Isoodon macrourus
2013-09-26 13:20:19

The northern brown bandicoot (Isoodon macrourus) is a species of marsupial that is classified within the Peramelidae family. It can be found along the eastern and northern coastlines of Australia and on several islands including Papua New Guinea. It prefers to reside in two habitats, depending upon the season, residing in areas with thick vegetation during the dry season and grasslands during...

Common Brushtail Possum Trichosurus vulpecula
2013-09-23 13:56:03

The common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) is a species of marsupial that is classified within the Phalangeridae family. It can be found in Australia in a range that extends from northern, eastern, several eastern areas of Australia, Tasmania, and a number of islands like Barrow Island and Kangaroo Island. This species was introduced into New Zealand in 1840, where it has now become an...

Brush Tailed Phascogale Phascogale tapoatafa
2013-09-23 12:16:14

The brush-tailed phascogale (Phascogale tapoatafa), also known as the black-tailed phascogale, tuan, or the common wambenger, is a species of marsupial that is native to Australia. It is present in all areas of Australia, except Tasmania, but its range is highly fragmented. It was first described in 1783 by F. Meyer, but George Shaw revised that description in 1800. It is closely related to the...

Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops aduncus
2013-09-19 11:24:25

The Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) is one of three recognized species of bottlenose dolphin that can be found in the waters near southern Australia, South China, and India. Its range also includes the Red Sea and the eastern coastal areas of Africa. All bottlenose dolphins were classified as one species, the common bottlenose dolphin or T. truncates, until 1998 when the...

Burrunan Dolphin Tursiops australis
2013-09-19 11:08:29

The Burrunan dolphin (Tursiops australis) is one of three recognized species of bottlenose dolphin. It can be found in two areas of Victoria, Australia. One population can be found in the Gippsland Lakes, where about 50 reside, and one in Port Phillip, where about 100 individuals reside. Haplotypes of the Burrunan dolphin have been discovered in an area extending from the Spencer Gulf waters...

Agile Wallaby Macropus agilis
2013-09-05 11:16:25

The agile wallaby (Macropus agilis), or the sandy wallaby, is a marsupial that can be found in New Guinea and northern Australia. It is the most common wallaby species in its Australian range, where it prefers to reside near streams or rivers in open grasslands, woodlands, and coastal areas. In New Guinea, it prefers to reside in lowland savannah habitats. It holds four recognized subspecies....

Rufous Hare Wallaby Lagorchestes hirsutus
2013-09-02 10:08:22

The rufous hare-wallaby (Lagorchestes hirsutus), or the mala, is a marsupial that can be found in Australia. Its range is now limited to western areas of Australia and the islands of Dorre and Bernier, although it once extended to the western part of the continent. John Gould first described it in 1844 in The Mammals of Australia. Its fur is reddish gray in color and it is the smallest species...

2013-08-26 11:39:07

Aname is the name of a spider genus that is native to Australia. It includes a species that is found only on Tasmania and the Black Wishbone Spider (A. atra). Spiders featured in this genus, combined with the related and very similar genera Chenistonia and Namea, are called “wishbone spiders”, for the shape of their open silk-line burrow, which retains the shape of the letter Y, with one...

Blue Ringtail Austrolestes annulosus
2013-08-22 12:04:58

The blue ringtail (Austrolestes annulosus) is a species of damselfly that can be found over most of Australia. This species resides near temporary and permanent pools, lakes, and ponds. It can be seen between the months of September and April. It was first discovered in 1862 by Edmond de Sélys Longchamps. The blue ringtail reaches an average body length of 1.1 inches, with females growing...

Fawn Antechinus Antechinus bellus
2013-08-22 11:05:56

The fawn antechinus (Antechinus bellus) is a species of marsupial that is native to northern areas of Australia and it is the only member of its genus, Antechinus, to reside in the Northern Territory. It prefers a habitat within open tropical forests and holds a limited range. Oldfield Thomas, who gave it the scientific name bellus, first described the species in 1904. The fawn antechinus...