TAXONOMY

Antechinomys laniger (Gould, 1856), inside New South Wales, Australia. Two subspecies described.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Jerboa, marsupial mouse.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Length 2.8–3.9 in (70–100 mm). Grizzled fawn-gray above, white under, with very massive ears, massive eyes, and an extended tail with black brushed tip; hind-foot tremendously elongated with solely 4 toes.

DISTRIBUTION

Broad band across central and southern arid Australia.

HABITAT

Stony and sandy desert plains and acacia scrubland the place small bushes represent the principal vegetation.

BEHAVIOR

Bounding gait; terrestrial; shelters beneath tussocks and in cracks within the soil, burrows, and logs. Nocturnal.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Large bugs and spiders.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Iteroparous (breeds in a number of years) with lengthy breeding season. Pouch a crescent-like fold over anterior a part of mammary glands. Six or eight teats. Probably promiscuous.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Data Deficient. Uncommon over most of vary. Populations seem to fluctuate seasonally. Not immediately impa

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