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A small raccoonlike mammal (Bassariscus astutus) of the order Carnivora, inhabiting southwestern North America and having grayish or brownish fur and a black-banded tail.
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1. (Animals) Also called: ring-tailed cat another name for cacomistle
2. (Animals) Also called: ringtail possum Austral any of several possums having curling prehensile tails used to grasp branches while climbing
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1. any phalanger of the genus Pseudocheirus, having the prehensile tail curled into a ring.
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Noun1.ringtail - raccoon-like omnivorous mammal of Mexico and the southwestern United States having a long bushy tail with black and white ringsringtail - raccoon-like omnivorous mammal of Mexico and the southwestern United States having a long bushy tail with black and white rings
procyonid - plantigrade carnivorous mammals
2.ringtail - North American raccoonringtail - North American raccoon    
racoon, raccoon - an omnivorous nocturnal mammal native to North America and Central America
3.ringtail - monkey of Central America and South America having thick hair on the head that resembles a monk's cowlringtail - monkey of Central America and South America having thick hair on the head that resembles a monk's cowl
New World monkey, platyrrhine, platyrrhinian - hairy-faced arboreal monkeys having widely separated nostrils and long usually prehensile tails
Cebus, genus Cebus - type genus of the Cebidae
4.ringtail - an immature golden eagle
Aquila chrysaetos, golden eagle - large eagle of mountainous regions of the northern hemisphere having a golden-brown head and neck
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These include Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Western Grey Kangaroo, Black Wallaby, Koala, Common Brushtail Possum, Eastern Ringtail Possum and Swamp Rat (Yugovic 2015).
However, in 2011, a case of ulceroglandular tularemia was reported in an adult bitten by a wild ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) in western Tasmania, Australia (8).
Another climate-threatened species is the rare white lemuroid ringtail possum. The possum's key stronghold is an isolated patch of mature rainforest above 1000 metres on Mount Lewis, northwest of Cairns.
The sanctuary also hosts important populations of other threatened and declining mammals, including the tammar wallaby, the quenda and the western ringtail possum.
Heavy rains played havoc with our coastal waters AUSTRALIA A baby ringtail possum weighing only 50 grams sits in a wildlife carer's hand after being fed in Sydney BOSNIA A diver takes a plunge with torches from the 82 feet-high Old Mostar Bridge into the Neretva River during the annual night high diving in Mostar (AP Photo/Amel Emric) ENGLAND People shelter from the rain at a bus stop at Heather, Leicestershire
Rusty the ringtail possum needs to find a new home because he has grown so much and the younger possums in the family need more room.
A ringtail possum (left) and a pygmy possum are treated by a wildlife official in Sydney, Australia
Key words: condensed tannin; Eucalyptus; habitat patchiness; herbivory; intraspecific variation; phenolic; Pseudocheirus peregrinus; ringtail possum; sideroxylonal; terpene.
In order of abundance, the most widely detected native animals (in most reserves) were Common Brushtail Possum Trichosurus vulpecula, Common Ringtail Possum Pseudocheirus peregrinus, Striped Marsh Frog Limnodynastes peronii, Southern Brown Tree Frog Litoria ewingii, Garden Skink Lampropholis guichenoti, Little Forest Bat Vespadelus vulturnus, Superb Fairy-wren Malurus cyaneus, Common Froglet Crinia signifera, Eastern Yellow Robin Eopsaltria australis, Delicate Skink Lampropholis delicata, and Weasel Skink Saproscincus mustelinus.
We report a case of ulceroglandular tularemia in a human in Tasmania, Australia (latitude 42[degrees]S) who was bitten by a ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus, Figure 1).
Ancient origins, endemic species, rare and endangered fluffy creatures like the White Lemuroid Ringtail Possum captured the publics' imagination and convinced the Hawke Government of the day to take a stance against the state and declare World Heritage listing of its natural values.