from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A genus of Australian marsupial mammals of the family Macropodidæ, having the muffle hairy as in
Macropus; the hare-kangaroos.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- proper noun A mammal genus comprising the hare wallabies.
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- noun hare wallabies
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Of the 26 species of threatened Australian mammals, 5 are found on Bernier and Dorre islands; burrowing bettong Bettongia lesueur, rufous hare-wallaby Lagorchestes hirsutus, banded hare-wallaby L. fasciatus, Shark Bay mouse Pseudomys praeconis and western barred bandicoot Perameles bougainville.
The mammal fauna includes unusually abundant populations of the spectacled hare-wallaby (Lagorchestes conspicillatus), especially in the lancewood-bullwaddy thickets, and the northern nailtail wallaby (Onychogalea unguifera), especially in grasslands and open woodlands along the margins between black-soil plains and red loamy soils.
However, rufous hare-wallaby Lagorchestes hirsutus (R), burrowing bettong Bettongia lesueur (R) and common brush-tail possum Trichosurus vulpecula have been eradicated in the past 80 years although reintroduction is being considered.
The Lagorchestes is very common on the plains to the north of Gawler Town, but is so swift as generally to elude the dogs.