Musky rat-kangaroo

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Musky rat-kangaroo[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Infraclass:Marsupialia
Order:Diprotodontia
Suborder:Macropodiformes
Family:Hypsiprymnodontidae
Genus:Hypsiprymnodon
Ramsay, 1876
Species:H. moschatus
Binomial name
Hypsiprymnodon moschatus
Ramsay, 1876
Musky rat-kangaroo range
 
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Musky rat-kangaroo[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Infraclass:Marsupialia
Order:Diprotodontia
Suborder:Macropodiformes
Family:Hypsiprymnodontidae
Genus:Hypsiprymnodon
Ramsay, 1876
Species:H. moschatus
Binomial name
Hypsiprymnodon moschatus
Ramsay, 1876
Musky rat-kangaroo range

The musky rat-kangaroo (Hypsiprymnodon moschatus) is a marsupial species found only in the rainforests of northeast Australia. Although some scientists place this species as a subfamily (Hypsiprymnodontinae) of the family Potoroidae, the most recent classification[1] places it in the family Hypsiprymnodontidae with prehistoric rat-kangaroos.

Musky rat-kangaroo

It is the smallest macropod that is quadrupedal and only diurnal. The musky rat-kangaroo is approximately 23cm long and has a hairless tail, and eats fallen fruit and large seeds, as well as small invertebrates. [3]

It moves by extending its body and then bringing both of its hind legs forward, and uses an opposable digit on the hind foot to climb trees.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Groves, C. P. (2005). Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M, eds. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 56. OCLC 62265494. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. 
  2. ^ Burnett, S., Winter, J. & Martin, R. (2008). Hypsiprymnodon moschatus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 29 December 2008. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
  3. ^ a b McKay, G. (Ed.). (1999). Mammals (p. 60). San Francisco: Weldon Owen Inc. ISBN 1-875137-59-9

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