One obvious candidate is the near-threatened eastern bettong
Other medium-sized native species such as Tasmanian Bettong
Bettongia gaimardi, Eastern Quoll Dasyurus viverrinus and Spot-tailed Quoll Dasyurus maculatus have also historically been recorded in the Dandenong Valley (Wallis 1994).
While the northern bettong
are used to be found along the coast of Queensland from Rockhampton to Cairns, now only small and isolated populations of them are found in North Queensland.
My first woylie--a critically endangered marsupial otherwise known as a brush-tailed bettong
It is surrounded by a predator-barrier fence and contains a variety of mammals including the eastern barred bandicoot, southern brown bandicoot Isoodon obesulus, long-nosed potoroo Potorous tridactylus, rufous bettong
Aepyprymnus rufescens, Tasmanian pademelon, eastern grey kangaroo, swamp wallaby Wallabia bicolor, common brushtail possum Trichosurus vulpecula and eastern quoll Dasyurus viverrinus.
Species identified include: Red kangaroo, common wallaroo, bandicoot, possum, pygmy possum, echidna, bettong
, native mouse, rat, gekko, skink, small bird and fish (Table 2), with bone recovered from nearly every spit (Figure 8).
You can't go far without a close encounter with a wallaby, wombat, possum, bandicoot, bettong
, pademelon, eastern quoll, duck-bill platypus, echidna and not forgetting the elusive Tasmanian Devil.
While five medium-sized mammals were recorded, those not identified were the water rat (Hydromys chrysogaster), Southern Brown Bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus), Eastern Barred Bandicoot (Perameles gunnii), Tasmanian Bettong
(Bettongia gaimardi), Long-nosed Potoroo (Potorous tridactylus), and the Spotted-tailed Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus).
Then, woven into this rug, to show that they have been part of the ecosystem for a very long time, were the names of the native species that became endangered because sheep were introduced, such as the THYLACINE, BILBY, BETTONG
We examined the effects of mammal foraging on the availability of soil nutrients, using diggings made by the brush-tailed bettong
or woylie (Bettongia penicillata ogilbyi) as a model.
Extinct already, or living only in zoos, are the pig-footed bandicoot, the brush-tailed bettong
, the rufous hare-wallaby, and a dozen other birds and marsupial species that were found nowhere else on Earth.
Through the Threatened Species Strategy, the Government is committed to turning around the fortunes of nationally-threatened species like the bilby, numbat, mountain pygmy possum, eastern bettong
, cassowary, swift parrot and Australias endangered eucalyptus trees.