A Handbook to the Marsupialia and Monotremata

A Handbook to the Marsupialia and Monotremata

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...two to four in number, although the female has upwards of eight teats. In captivity a specimen lived chiefly on insects and raw meat, which were encircled by the long tongue and conveyed to the mouth piece by piece. In consequence of the extreme delicacy and thinness of its integuments, this species is one of the most difficult of Mammals to skin. 11. GUNNiS BANDICOOT. PERAMELES GUNNI. Perameles gunni, Gray, Proc. Zool. Soc., 1838, p. 1; Thomas, Cat. Marsup. Brit. Mus., p. 245 (1888). (Plate XXI) Size large; form slender; fur soft, not spinose; muzzle long and slender; ears large and pointed, reaching, when laid forward, to beyond the eyes, their backs yellowish-brown, with a darker blotch on the _anterior portion of the terminal half. General colour grizzled yellowish-brown; under-parts white or yellowish-white; sides of rump with four transverse vertical stripes. Soles of hind feet hairy and black posteriorly, naked and white anteriorly, with small rounded striated pads at the bases of the third and fourth toes. Tail very short and slender, white except for a short portion of the base of the upper sur face. Eight teats. Length of head and body about 16 inches; of tail less than 4 inches. Distribution.--Tasmania, and probably the coast region of South-Eastern Victoria. This species, according to an account given by its discoverer, Ronald Gunn, is abundant in all parts of Tasmania, where it burrows in the loose soil in search of roots and worms. The harm that it inflicts on gardeners is sufficiently indicated by the circumstance that on one occasion a Bandicoot of this species completely destroyed a whole collection of imported bulbs. The white transverse bands ornamenting its hind-quarters afford a ready means of distinguishing between...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236847660
  • 9781236847669