Australian Extinct Animals
Sarah Jones (sacubs@DOVE.NET.AU)
Tue, 9 Dec 1997 09:10:25 +1030
Sorry to do this, but there is some information here, that I know is wrong.
I hate having to correct people....
>Rat Kangaroo (Bettong), last seen in 1923; belong on the list. However,
>the Tasmanian Wolf (also called the Thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger) is
>still with us. Point your browsers to:
Uh, I saw the bettong on on Rottness Island just of the Western Australian
Coast in 1992. Have seen some and they are actually a traffic hazzard.
...But mabye our Western Australian Grant could confirm for us if the
bettong has not died out in three years. But as far as I am aware, the
Bettong is still running lose on the Island, with all the tourists.
Although, which part of the family it belongs to, I cant remember, as you
will see from what I have below, there are several kinds of rat
kangaroos/bettongs in Australia.
Rat Kangaroos are a group of 10 species of small marsupials included in the
Kangaroo family (Macropodidae), and are found in all states of Australia.
they were so named becuase of their superficial resemblance to rats,
although they are not even remotly related to rats. There are three main
groups of rat kangaroo - the bettongs, the potoroos and the musk-rat kangaroo.
The bettongs are ussually found in rather dry areas. They reach a length of
up to 80cms. Although the rufous-rat kangaroo is larger and can reach 90cm
in length. Bettongs have prehensile (grasping) tails with which they can
carry nessting material. the dessert, or plains, rat kangaroo (Caloprymnus
campestris) lives in the dessert of North East South Australia and South
west Queensland. It has a yellow buff fur, which blends with it's
envrioment, and a blunt rounded head. The rufous rat kangaroo, (Aepyprymnus
rufescens) which inhabits the East Coast of Australia is named after its
reddish fur. It has a white stripe on the hip and black fur on the back of
Another variety of the bettong, the boodie, is unussual as it digs burrows.
Its tail is covered with short hair and ussualy has a white tip. Other
types of bettong are the woylie (Bettongia penicillate0 and the eastern
Bettong (Bettongia gaimardi) and the Norther rat kangaroo (bettongia tropica).
There are three species of potoroo, the long nosed rat kangaroo (Potorous
tridactylus) the souther potoroo (Potorous apicalis) and the broad face
potoroo (Potorous platyops). They live in thick srcub and grassland. They
grow up to 45-60 cms long and have grey brown fur with light underpants.
The smallest speicies, the musk rat kangaroo, (Hypsiprymnodon moschatus)
lives in the rain forrests of North queensland. it is a rusty brown colour
and it grows up to 50cms long, including 17 cm of tail. Unlike the other
species, it feeds on worms and insects and is quite common.
While it is *possiable* that there are some varietys of bettong that are no
longer in exsistance, I have not been able to find out which ones at this
hour of the morning (I would stay to find out, however, I have my
grandfather's funeral to attend in a few short hours).
As to the Tamianain Tiger, it is also been called the Tasmainian Wolf and
the last recorded photo that I saw of one, was of one in Captivity in the
1920s and there was black and white footage of this. However, like many
things, there have been reported sights.
I hope this helps with peoples understanding of the bettong.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City