from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An omnivorous burrow-dwelling bandicoot (Macrotis lagotis) of arid regions of Australia, having long ears, a long, tapering snout, and strong forelegs with long claws.
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- noun Australian desert
marsupial, with distinctive large ears and approximately the size of a rabbit.
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- noun bandicoot with leathery ears like a rabbit
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It's the bilby, which is an endangered marsupial that lives in the desert.
However a high number of mammal species, 14 percent of the total mammalian fauna, are considered regionally or globally threatened, including the greater bilby (Macrotis lagotis VU), hairy-footed dunnart (Sminthopsis hirtipes), dusky hopping mouse (Notomys fuscus VU), mulgara (Dasycercus cristicauda VU), and kowari.
Simpson desert 2008
Several mammal species, including bilby (Macrotis lagotis VU), northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus) and golden bandicoot (Isoodon auratus VU), have declined or disappeared altogether from this ecoregion.
They fill the same ecological niche as the bunny, only the bunny is better at it, and so since the introduction of the bunny to Australia, bilby numbers have dropped alarmingly.
Twenty two native mammals are found in the park including dingo Canis familiaris dingo, red kangaroo Macropus rufus, common wallaroo M. robustus, marsupial mole Notoryctes typhlops, spinifex hopping mouse Notomys alexis, several bat species including Australian false vampire Marcoderma gigas (V), bilby Macrotis lagotis (E), occasional short nosed echidna Tachyglossus aculeatus and several small marsupials and native rodents.
Several mammal species, including bilby (Macrotis lagotis VU), northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus), pale field-rat (Rattus tunneyi), golden-backed tree-rat, and golden bandicoot have declined, especially in the lower rainfall lowland portions of this ecoregion.
The park protects important habitat for an isolated population of the vulnerable bilby (Macrotis lagotis).
Mitchell grass downs 2007
The occasion was a ceremony at the Ipswich Nature Centre to officially name the bilby Jessica after Ms Watson, the Young Australian of the Year.
Bilby named for solo sailor Jessica Watson THREE rebels met in Ipswich today - larrikin swimmer Dawn Fraser, solo sailor Jessica Watson and a bilby who shouldn't have been born.
Jessica the bilby surprised staff at the centre because her mother had failed to breed with three partners and was then thought too old to bear young.