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Academic & Professional Books  Mammals  Marsupials

Bettongs, Potoroos and the Musky Rat-kangaroo

Flora / Fauna Out of Print
By: Andrew Claridge, John Seebeck and Randy Rose
182 pages, Figs, b/w & col photos, tabs
Publisher: CSIRO
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  • Bettongs, Potoroos and the Musky Rat-kangaroo ISBN: 9780643093416 Paperback Oct 2007 Out of Print #165697
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The rat-kangaroo was one of the first Australian marsupials to be seen alive in Europe. Collected close to the settlement at Sydney Cove, a pair of them were exhibited in London in 1789. These animals were called by the local Aboriginal people 'Pot-o-roo,' and by the European settlers, 'Kangooroo rat'. They were the Long-nosed Potoroo, Potorous tridactylus, the first of what we now call 'Rat-kangaroos' to be discovered. Rat-kangaroos have not coped well with the impact of European settlement.

Of the eleven species present in 1788, two are extinct, two are now found only on offshore islands and the range of all other species has been much reduced. Habitat alienation, altered fire regimes, grazing, predation by introduced carnivores, competition from rabbits and timber harvesting have all taken their toll on these little seen animals. "Bettongs, Potoroos and the Musky Rat-kangaroo" provides an extraordinary glimpse into the secretive lives of these unusual marsupials.

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Introduction; Evolution and taxonomy; Research in the field; Biology and behaviour; Reproductive biology; Diet and nutritional physiology; Habitat requirements; Conservation and management.

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Flora / Fauna Out of Print
By: Andrew Claridge, John Seebeck and Randy Rose
182 pages, Figs, b/w & col photos, tabs
Publisher: CSIRO
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