Long-footed potoroo

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Long-footed potoroo[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Potoroidae
Genus: Potorous
Species: P. longipes
Binomial name
Potorous longipes
Seebeck & Johnson, 1980

The long-footed potoroo (Potorous longipes) is a species of potoroo found in southeastern Australia, in a small area around the coastal border between New South Wales and Victoria. It was discovered in 1967 when an adult male was caught in a dog trap in the forest southwest of Bonang, Victoria.[3] It is classified as endangered.[2]

The long-footed potoroo is the largest potoroo, and is very similar to the long-nosed potoroo (Potorous tridactylus). It is a solitary nocturnal creature, feeding on fungi, vegetation and small invertebrates. It differs from the long-nosed potoroo in its larger feet and longer tail.[4]

Current threats to the species include predation by introduced feral cats and foxes, as well as logging within its limited range. Logging has included the accidental felling of up to 400 square metres in the Errinundra National Park, East Gippsland in September 2005,[5] and ongoing logging at Brown Mountain.

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. 58. OCLC 62265494. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. 
  2. ^ a b McKnight, M. (2008). Potorous longipes. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 29 December 2008. Database entry includes justification for why this species is listed as endangered
  3. ^ Karl Shuker, Gerald Durrell, (1993). Lost Ark: New and Rediscovered Animals of the Twentieth Century. HarperCollins Publishers. p. 83. ISBN 0-00-219943-2. 
  4. ^ Menkhorst, Peter (2001). A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia. Oxford University Press. p. 100. 
  5. ^ Morton, Adam (2005-10-03). "Logging blunders to be investigated: environmentalists urge prosecution". The Age (Melbourne). p. 6. 

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