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Eastern Barred Bandicoot (Perameles gunnii)

…a small species of bandicoot that are native to Tasmania and southern Australia. Like other bandicoots the eastern barred bandicoot is nocturnal and will emerge at night to feed on insects on earthworms. During the day it will rest in a self made burrow. It uses its long nose as  a probe to locate and consume its prey.

Although it is listed as near threatened the eastern barred bandicoot is still suffering from habit loss and introduced predators. Its range was once distributed across Tasmania but now it is restricted to the eastern side of the island.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Mammalia-Marsupialia-Peramelemorphia-Peramelidae-Perameles-P.gunnii

Images: JJ Harrison and australianfauna.com