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Eastern Barred Bandicoot Perameles gunnii
2013-08-19 15:17:01

The eastern barred bandicoot (Perameles gunnii) is a marsupial species that is classified within the Peramelidae family. It can be found in southeastern Australia in a range that includes Victoria and Tasmania. It reaches an average weight of less than 2.2 pounds and has a small tail. Its fur holds three or four bands on its hind body that are typically white in color. The eastern barred...

Spectacled Hare Wallaby Lagorchestes conspicillatus
2013-08-19 13:29:07

The spectacled hare-wallaby (Lagorchestes conspicillatus) is a marsupial that can be found in New Guinea and Australia. Its Australian range includes northern areas of the region and a small area on Barrow Island. This species was first described by John Gould and given its current scientific name, along with a description of the Barrow Island subpopulation or subspecies, which he named...

Matschies Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus matschiei
2013-08-19 10:43:00

Matschie's tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus matschiei) is a marsupial that is only found on the Huon Peninsula of northeastern New Guinea. Its other common name, the Huon tree-kangaroo, is derived from its restricted location, although it does appear on the neighboring island of Umboi where it is thought to have been introduced. This species prefers to reside in tropical rainforests or deciduous...

Yellow Bellied Glider Petaurus australis
2013-08-16 10:22:01

The yellow-bellied glider (Petaurus australis) is a species of gliding possum that can be found in eastern areas of Australia. Its range extends from Victoria to northern Queensland. It prefers a habitat within eucalypt forests, at elevations of up to 2,296 feet above sea level. This species holds two recognized subspecies, one of which is locally common and one that is rare to encounter....

Grey-Headed Flying Fox Pteropus poliocephalus
2013-07-09 15:17:51

The grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) is a species of megabat that can be found in Australia. Its range includes a large area east of the Great Dividing Range that extends from Geelong to Bundaberg and includes Finch Hatton, Ingham, and Adelaide. It prefers a habitat within many areas including swamps, rainforests, and woodlands. The grey-headed flying fox is the largest bat...

Samoa Flying Fox Pteropus samoensis
2013-07-08 14:43:23

The Samoa flying fox (Pteropus samoensis), also known as the Samoan flying fox, is a species of megabat that can be found in Samoa, American Samoa, and Fiji. It prefers a habitat within tropical and subtropical forests, but it can also be found near villages or plantations. It roosts in small colonies or alone in the forest canopy and females are thought to give birth to one pup per year....

Goulds Wattled Bat Chalinolobus gouldii
2013-06-26 13:18:12

Gould’s wattled bat (Chalinolobus gouldii) is a species of wattled bat that can be found in Australia. Its range includes New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, Tasmania, and most of mainland Australia. It does occur in the Nullarbor Plain or in northern areas of Cape York Peninsula. It prefers a habitat within many areas, including woodlands and human populated areas. It derives its scientific and...

Black Flying Fox Pteropus alecto
2013-06-25 12:25:40

The black-flying fox (Pteropus alecto) is a species of megabat that can be found in Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. This species prefers a habitat within a variety of areas including swamps, rainforests, bamboo forests, and mangroves, where it roosts openly. Young individuals of this species that reside on Moa Island were once thought to be a separate species known as Pteropus...

Spectacled Flying Fox Pteropus conspicillatus
2013-06-25 12:18:44

The spectacled flying fox (Pteropus conspicillatus), also known as the spectacled fruit bat, is a species of megabat that is native to Australia. Its range includes the northeastern areas of Queensland, New Guinea, and nearby islands like Woodlark Island and Alcester Island. The species prefers a habitat within rainforests, but can be found in other areas including eucalypt forests and...

Eastern Grey Kangaroo Macropus giganteus
2013-06-07 13:57:48

The eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus), also known as the Forester kangaroo or the great grey kangaroo, is a marsupial that can be found in eastern and southern areas of Australia. It prefers a habitat within woodlands, coastlines, inland scrublands, and mountainous forests. It is more common to see this species than the red kangaroo, although the red kangaroo is more well-known. The...

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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
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This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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