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.
99/1919/127
Collection Class
Mammals
Collection Area Region
Australia and New Zealand
Collector Excavator
Peel, Mr Charles Victor Alexander
Common Name
rufous rat-kangaroo
Simple Name
mammal
Period Classification
Edwardian (1901-1914)

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