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n. pl. potoroo or pot·o·roos
Any of several rat kangaroos of the genus Potorous of Australia, feeding primarily on plants and fungi.

[Probably from Dharuk badaru.]


(Animals) another name for kangaroo rat
[from a native Australian language]
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Noun1.potoroo - Australian rat kangaroospotoroo - Australian rat kangaroos    
rat kangaroo, kangaroo rat - any of several rabbit-sized ratlike Australian kangaroos
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Certainly there are (living) reasons to hope: the mahogany glider (purportedly extinct in 1886, rediscovered in 1989), the Laotian rock rat (known only in the fossil record, discovered in 1996), Gilbert's potoroo (extinct in the 1870s and chanced upon again in 1994).
I don't want my children to find the northern quoll, the partridge pigeon or the long nosed potoroo only in history books.
However, this fundamentally misunderstands the purpose and coverage of the EPBC Act: it seeks to regulate matters of national environmental significance-the Tarkine rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef, and critically endangered species like Gilbert's Potoroo.
It tells us when certain animals became extinct: the dodo, the thylacine, the great auk, the broad-faced potoroo.
neoformans include macaw, swan, parakeet, Guenon monkey, fox, potoroo, and sheep (1).
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).
Along the way, Mittelbach, Crewdson, and company commune with wildlife experts and revel in Tasmania's rich ecological diversity, including such unfamiliar animals as the potoroo, the pademelon, and the quoll.
Animals: AARDVARK, ALPACA, AMADAVAT or AVADAVAT (Indian song bird), BLACK MAMBA (snake), CARACAL (lynx), CARACARA (vulture-like bird), MATAMATA (a turtle), HELLBENDER (salamander), LEVERET (young hare), TREECREEPER (bird), TREE SHREW, INDRIS (a lemurine animal), SISKIN (bird), KOODOO or COODOO (antelope), MOORCOCK (bird), POTOROO (kangaroo-rat), WOODCOCK (bird), CUSCUS (a marsupial)