Rufous rat-kangaroo

Apart from bats, all native Australian mammals are marsupials. They form a diverse group of pouched mammals originating in South America and include the rat-kangaroo. Although they are still relatively common, the introduction of non-native species to rat-kangaroo habitats poses a threat to their future survival. Rabbits compete for their food, while foxes take the small marsupial as a source of food. From the Charles Peel’s collection.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Collection Area Region
Australia and New Zealand
Collector Excavator
Peel, Mr Charles Victor Alexander
Common Name
rufous rat-kangaroo
Simple Name
Period Classification
Edwardian (1901-1914)

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POTOROIDAE: Aepyprymnus rufescens (Gray): rufous rat-kangaroo