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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....

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....

Striped Possum Dactylopsila trivirgata
2013-08-15 09:56:13

The striped possum (Dactylopsila trivirgata) is a marsupial that can be found New Guinea and some of its surrounding islands, and occasionally in Australia. Its Australian range extends from the Cape York Peninsula to Townsville, Queensland, but it is rarely seen in this area. It prefers a habitat within rainforests and woodlands that contain eucalyptus trees. The striped possum can reach an...

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...

Red Kangaroo Macropus rufus
2013-06-07 13:44:52

The red kangaroo (Macropus rufus) is a species within the Macropodidae family that can be found in Australia. Its range extends through central and western Australia, but it tends to avoid eastern, southern, and northern areas of Australia. It prefers a habitat within grasslands, scrublands, and deserts with a fair amount of tree vegetation, which is used for shade. The red kangaroo is the...

Common Ringtail Possum Pseudocheirus peregrinus
2013-05-15 13:30:12

The common ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) is a marsupial that is native to Australia. Its range includes eastern and southwestern areas of Australia and Tasmania. It prefers a habitat within tropical or temperate regions in dense forests, showing a particular inclination for eucalyptus forests. This species is the sole member of its genus, Pseudocheirus, but it is thought to hold...

Honey Possum Tarsipes rostratus
2012-10-01 10:17:56

The honey possum (Tarsipes rostratus), also known as the tait or the noolbenger natively, is a marsupial that occurs in Australia. Its range is small and isolated to an area in the southwest portion of Western Australia. In this area, it prefers a habitat within woodlands and shrub lands. This possum is the sole member of its genus Tarsipes, and of its family, leading some experts to assert...

Virginia Opossum Didelphis virginiana
2012-07-10 18:36:55

The Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana) is the only marsupial that occurs north of Mexico in North America. It is commonly known as the North American opossum and as “tlacuache” in Mexico. It is often seen in or near human settlements, foraging through waste for food.  Its range includes Central and North America, east of the Rockies, and from Costa Rica to southern areas of Ontario,...

Striped-faced Dunnart
2008-05-05 23:53:31

The Striped-faced Dunnart (Sminthopsis macroura), is an Australian marsupial. This animal is found throughout central Australia from the Pilbarra to central Northern Territory, western and central Queensland, south to north-east South Australia to north and west New South Wales. It inhabits sandy soils with dune hummock grasslands, tussock grasslands and scrublands. This dunnart has an...

Lesser Hairy-footed Dunnart
2008-05-05 23:46:49

The Lesser Hairy-footed Dunnart (Sminthopsis youngsoni), is a small carnivorous Australian marsupial of the family Dasyuridae. It is a widespread and fairly common species, being found in many desert areas of Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland. The Lesser Hairy-footed Dunnart is distinguished from the very similar Hairy-footed Dunnart by its smaller size and less hairy...

Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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