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(Macropus parryi) Also called: pretty face wallaby, grey-faced wallaby, grey flier, blue flier, jabali The most beautiful and boldly marked of mid-sized Whiptail wallaby.Photo © At a glance kangaroos, the whiptail wallaby gets its name from its long tail, which tapers to a whip-like end (though see Did you know? for another version). Edward Turner …

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Water mouse (Xeromys myoides)
and mound.
Drawings: Angela Frost

WATER MOUSE

(Xeromys myoides) Also known as the marine mouse or yirrkoo (Indigenous). Introduction Water mouse (Xeromys myoides)and mound.Drawings: Angela Frost One of Australia’s rarest rodents, the water mouse is a nocturnal non-marsupial terrestrial carnivore that inhabits coastal marine and estuarine environments. Until the late 1990s, when field surveys were carried out by WPSQ, very little was …

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NORTHERN QUOLL

(Dasyurus hallucatus) Also called the northern Australian native cat, northern native cat, satanellus, and njanmak (Mayali) Introduction Northern quollPhoto © Eric Vanderduys The northern quoll is the smallest of four species of marsupial carnivore in the genus Dasyurus. The species was first described in 1842 and given the species name hallucatus, which means ‘notable first …

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(Dasyurus maculatus) Also called … Tiger quoll, tiger cat, yarri (Herbert River District), burrumbil (Mulgrave River and Atherton Tablelands, north Queensland) Introduction Spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus)Photo: Scott Burnett The spotted-tailed quoll is mainland Australia’s largest marsupial carnivore. It was one of the first Australian animals to be encountered by Europeans; Arthur Phillip’s party collected one …

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The short-beaked echidna is 
Australia’s most widespread animal
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(Tachyglossus aculeatus) Also known as spiny anteater, nyingarn (Beeloo, WA), tjilkamata (Pitjantjatjara, Central Australia), minha kekoywa (Pakanh, Cape York Peninsula) The short-beaked echidna isAustralia’s most widespread animalPhoto © WPSQ Tachyglossus means ‘quick tongue’, referring to the speed with which the echidna uses its tongue to catch ants and termites. Aculeatus means ‘spiny’. The species was …

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PLATYPUS

(Ornithorhynchus anatinus) Also known as the duck-billed platypus, boondaburra, mallangong or tambreet (Indigenous terms around Yas, Murrumbidgee and Tumat), or tohunbuck (Goomburra language, Darling Downs). Platypus swimming, showing the broad tailPhoto © Steve Parish Publishing The platypus belongs to the order Monotremata, meaning ‘one hole’ because it has a single opening for its excretory and …

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Northern hairy-nosed wombat. 
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(Lasiorhinus krefftii) Also called Yaminon (Indigenous name from the region of St George, south-western Queensland) Introduction Northern hairy-nosed wombat.Photo © EPA / Darren Jew This is one of Australia’s rarest marsupials: the species is found in only one location in the wild; only 115 wombats were recorded in 2005; and none live in captivity. Although …

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KOALA

(Phascolarctos cinereus) Introduction The koala is the largest arboreal folivore found in Australia, KoalaPhoto © WIldlife Queensland with a lifestyle adapted to life in the trees.  It is the only extant member of the family Phascolarctidae but debate continues amongst researchers as to whether there are two or three sub-species, or whether there are any …

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(Petaurus australis) The yellow-bellied glider, also known as the fluffy glider in Far North Queensland, is a member of the Petauridae family.  It is the largest of the four Petaurus gliders that occur in Australia. It lives in family groups, is the most vocal, is an extremely accomplished glider and can readily be found at …

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SUGAR GLIDER

(Petaurus breviceps) The sugar glider is possibly the most commonly known of all the glider species in Australia.  The sugar glider has 5 known Sugar GliderPhoto © Steve Parish Publishing subspecies. 2 subspecies are found in Papua New Guinea, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. The South Australian subspecies is P.b. breviceps, Queensland’s subspecies is …

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