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Eastern Hare Wallaby Lagorchestes leporides
2013-09-02 10:14:59

The eastern hare-wallaby (Lagorchestes leporides), historically named the common hare-wallaby, is an extinct marsupial that was once found in southeastern Australia. Its range included Victoria, New South Wales, and the area near the Murray Region in South Australia. It preferred to live in open areas like grassy plains. John Gould discovered this species in 1844, along with many other...

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...

Crest-tailed Mulgara Dasycercus cristicauda
2013-08-23 11:37:56

The crest-tailed mulgara (Dasycercus cristicauda), also known as the ampurta, is a species of marsupial that is native to Australia, where it is thought to reside in a limited range between the Northern Territory and South Australia. It has been found to prefer a habitat within sandy areas that predominately hold Sandhill Canegrass. It is sometimes known as the crest-tailed marsupial mouse, due...

Dusky Antechinus Antechinus swainsonii
2013-08-23 11:33:30

The dusky antechinus (Antechinus swainsonii), also known as the dusky marsupial mouse or Swainson's antechinus, is a marsupial that can be found in Australia. Its range extends from southeastern areas of Queensland to southwestern areas of Victoria, but it can also be found on Tasmania. It prefers to reside in mountainous regions in open forest or alpine heath habitats. This species was first...

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...

Tammar Wallaby Macropus eugenii
2013-08-21 14:39:46

The tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii), also known as the darma wallaby or dama wallaby, is a marsupial that can be found in western and southern areas of Australia. It has also been introduced into areas of Australia where it once lived and into New Zealand. It prefers a habitat within grassland areas. The tammar wallaby was first discovered in 1817 by a French naturalist named Anselme...

Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat Lasiorhinus latifrons
2013-08-21 10:58:41

The southern hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons) is a wombat that is classified within the Lasiorhinus genus, which holds only three species. It holds a range that extends from the border of New South Wales to Nullarbor Plain and prefers a habitat in semiarid areas with scrub vegetation, like grasslands and woodlands. The southern hairy-nosed wombat is a stout animal, reaching an...

Short Eared Possum Trichosurus caninus
2013-08-21 10:30:13

The short-eared possum (Trichosurus caninus) is a species of marsupial that can be found in Australia, with a range that includes areas north of Sydney like southern New South Wales. It prefers a habitat within open and closed forests, but it can also be found in areas with disturbed habitat like plantations. It can be found at elevations between sea level and 5,249 feet. This species is...

Northern Brushtail Possum Trichosurus arnhemensis
2013-08-21 10:27:16

The northern brushtail possum (Trichosurus arnhemensis) is a species of marsupial that is classified within the Phalangeridae family. It occurs in high numbers where humans are present and can adapt to live in a number of habitats. This species reaches and average body length of 1.8 feet and is typically grey in color on its upper body and whitish on its underbelly. Its tail does not hold fur,...

Eastern Pygmy Possum Cercartetus nanus
2013-08-20 10:10:39

The eastern pygmy possum (Cercartetus nanus) is a species of marsupial that is classified within the Burramyidae family. It can be found in southeastern Australia in a range that extends from eastern areas of South Australia to southern areas of Queensland and Tasmania. This species prefers a large variety of habitats including woodlands and rainforests, at elevations of up to 5,900 feet....

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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