Pig-footed bandicoot Facts
Perameles ecaudatus (Ogilby, 1838), Murray River, New South Wales, Australia.
Head and physique size was 9.1–10.2 in (230–260 mm); weight was about 7 oz (200 g); comparatively lengthy tail, regardless of its vernacular, bearing a terminal crest. Forefeet digits lowered to give look of pig’s toes or deer hooves.
Formerly discovered across a lot of arid Australia, together with a lot of inland Western Australia and South Australia, the southern half of the Northern Territory and marginally in western Queensland, New South Wales, and northwestern Victoria.
In the central deserts, occurred on sand dunes and sand plains with hummock grassland and tussock grass, typically with a mulga (Acacia) overstory. In the east, occupied grassy plains and open woodland with a grass and shrub understory.
Nocturnal and presumably solitary besides throughout mating and females with younger. Gait in contrast with “a broken-down hack in a canter,” however able to explosive velocity and agile leaps when disturbed.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
The species’ tooth construction and intestine anatomy counsel that it was extra herbivorous than different bandicoots. This notion is supported by observations of feeding by captives, and abdomen content material evaluation. Termites, ants, and different bugs had been additionally eaten.
Breeding is speculated to have been in May and June. The pouch has eight nipples, however litters appear to have been one to two. Probably promiscuous.
Extinct. Last specimen collected in 1901 however Aboriginal testimony signifies that it most likely survived in components of its vary till the 1950s.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
None, though most likely eaten by indigenous Australians.