Water mouse

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Wa´ter mouse`

1.(Zool.) Any one of several species of mice belonging to the genus Hydromys, native of Australia and Tasmania. Their hind legs are strong and their toes partially webbed. They live on the borders of streams, and swim well. They are remarkable as being the only rodents found in Australia.
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Bunya Bunya Country Aboriginal Corporation will use $96,000 to identify and map culturally significant sites along the Maroochy and Mooloolah river systems, monitor endangered salt marsh and mangrove ecosystems, protect nests of the endangered water mouse, and will mentor young Indigenous people to understand and appreciate these ecosystems.
The focus of this resource is to discover what Queensland Museum scientists know about the threats to the survival of the water mouse and to investigate ways of saving it from extinction.
Species facing extinction include the whooping crane, the recently re-discovered ivory-billed woodpecker, and the Torrey pine in the United States, as well as lesser-known species like the Ruo River screeching frog and the Ethiopian water mouse.