Bettongs Potoroos and Musky Rat-Kangaroos


Bettongs Potoroos and Musky Rat-Kangaroos

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Bettongs Potoroos and Musky Rat-Kangaroos.

Andrew Claridge/John Seebeck/Randy Rose (CSIRO Publishing)


Rat-kangaroos have not coped well with the impact of European settlement in Australia. Of the 11 species present in 1788, two are extinct, two are either mostly or totally restricted to 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 variously taken their toll on these little-seen animals. 

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. 

Bettongs, Potoroos and the Musky Rat-kangaroo provides an extraordinary glimpse into the secretive lives of these unusual marsupials. It also reveals little-known facts about the critical functional role these creatures play in maintaining the forest and woodland habitats in which they live

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Status Out of print.
ISBN: 9.78E+12
Size: 240mm x 170mm
Pages: 182 pages
Binding: Softlaminated cover. Perfect bound.
Publication Date: 2007
Images (Colour or Mono) BW with a few colour photographs
Author and/or publisher A. Claridge, J. Seebeck and R. Rose/ CSIRO Publishing

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