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ring·tail

 (rĭng′tāl′)
n.
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.

ringtail

(ˈrɪŋˌteɪl)
n
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

ring•tail

(ˈrɪŋˌteɪl)

n.
1. any phalanger of the genus Pseudocheirus, having the prehensile tail curled into a ring.
adj.
[1530–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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The park is home to stunning karri, marri and jarrah trees as well as a number of native species, including western ringtail possums, brush-tailed phascogales and quenda.
They then found ringtail possums in affected areas excreted the bacteria in their faeces.
As part of a wider study of neglected and undiagnosed disease syndromes observed in Australia wildlife, we investigated the possible infectious cause of several deaths in ringtail possums that were most often associated with acute necrotizing enteritis or hepatitis.
Altogether 287 dietary remains were identified, comprising 283 items from the male and four items (three Common Ringtail Possums Pseudocheirus peregrinus and one Long-nosed Ban dicoot Perameles nasuta) from an individual female.
There are also plans to reintroduce a colony of ringtail possums, which are much smaller in size, to the municipality, and McKenzie wants the animals to have the best possible chance at survival.
Other animals--such as brushtail and ringtail possums and many wallaby species--rely heavily on the tree's leaves.
Sterelny offers a hypothetical, initially isolated population of ringtail possums the average weight of which is two kilograms.
For instance, why ringtail possums eat their own manure, ants of the same species fight and kill each other to feed their victims to their young and, or why, hummingbirds must eat insects.'
With no characteristics that distinguish male from female from juvenile, lemuroid ringtail possums are mostly a charcoal grey-brown colour with a yellowish tinge on their undersides.
We examined intraspecific variation in susceptibility to herbivory by common ringtail possums (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) for two species of Eucalyptus, (E.
Furthermore, many areas elsewhere in southeast Australia including sites supporting Swamp Gum currently have dense understoreys and native and introduced predators (Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, data) with ringtail possums and tree canopies apparently in balance.
A key part of the early works is the relocation of about 20 western ringtail possums to a 420-hectare secure enclosure in the Perup Sanctuary near Manjimup.