from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having a bushy tail: specifically applied to certain porcupines of the genus Atherura.


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  • The mammals include a number of well-known animals such as the eastern grey kangaroo Macropus giganteus, the red-necked wallaby M. rufogriseus, wallaroo M. robustus, koala Phasocarctos cinereus and wombat Vombatus ursinus, the greater glider Petaurus volans, the squirrel glider P. norfolcensis, mountain brushtailed possum Trichosurus caninus; also the rarer spotted-tailed quoll Dasyurus maculatus (VU), long-nosed potoroo Potorous tridactylus (VU), yellow-bellied glider Petaurus australis and brush-tailed rock wallaby Petrogale penicillata (VU).

    Greater Blue Mountains Area, Australia

  • Both shelter species which have disappeared from the adjacent mainland, such as the brush-tailed rabbit-rat (Conilurus penicillatus), with the Wellesley Islands the only occurrence of this species in Queensland.

    Carpentaria tropical savanna

  • Introduced deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and brush-tailed possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) browse heavily on native vegetation, and have significantly affected both the understory and the canopy of Rakiura's forests.

    Rakiura Island temperate forests

  • The narrow strip of tall open forest is crucial for the conservation of the northern populations of three species of mammals that are restricted to this forest type, namely: yellow-bellied glider Petaurus australis, brush-tailed bettong Bettongia penicillata (E) and swamp rat Rattus lutreolus.

    Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Site, Australia

  • Also present are Zaire clawless otter Aonyx congica, brush-tailed porcupines Atherurus africanus, bongo antelope Tragelaphus euryceros, Sitatunga antelope T. spekei, black-legged mongoose Bdeogale nigripes, black mongoose Crossarchus alexandri, and marsh mongoose Atilax paludinosus.

    Okapi Faunal Reserve, Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Today, the biggest threats to the kauri forests are natural senescence and browsing by brush-tailed possums (Trichosurus vulpecula).

    Northland temperate kauri forests

  • Threatened mammals include the brush-tailed rock-wallaby (Petrogale penicillata VU) and the Hastings River mouse (Pseudomys oralis EN).

    Eastern Australian temperate forests

  • When Europeans arrived on the islands in the early nineteenth century, they brought with them 34 exotic mammal species (including brush-tailed possums, rabbits, cats, goats, stoats and ferrets) and hundreds of invasive weedy plant species.

    Biological diversity in New Zealand

  • Pigs, wild cattle, horses, goats, Australian brush-tailed possums (Trichosurus vulpecula), as well as smaller animals, such as rats and mice have all been harmful to the native biota of the Chatham Islands.

    Chatham Island temperate forests

  • These include rat Rattus rattus, stoat Mustela erminea and cat Felis catus as predators, and herbivores such as rabbit Oryctalagus cuniculus, hare Lepus sp., brush-tailed possum Trichosurus vulpecula, and red deer Cervus elaphus.

    Tongariro National Park, New Zealand


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