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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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Albany coast parks and reserves are well known for their high conservation, recreation and heritage values and include several large, intact conservation reserves that protect high plant species diversity and important habitat for threatened flora and fauna such as the critically endangered Gilbert's potoroo.
chondrophila has been isolated from aborted cattle fetuses in the United States (11), and was detected in a potoroo (Potorous spp.
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.
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.
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)
Dr Clem Fisher with a plumed whistling duck collected during the Leichhardt expedition; The Gilbert Potoroo, a small member of the Kangaroo family
This varied terrain provided plants and animals with a refuge from climatic change during recent geological history, resulting in a rich diversity of life that includes more than 90 eucalyptus species and threatened animals such as the long-nosed potoroo.