Males However, the largest species remain in much of their original range with the grey kangaroos expanding inland as grazing habitat increased and coastal habitat was lost in clearance for agriculture. night-time foraging period. questions or comments about this web site. The fur is long and reddish-brown through to pale grey with dark and red flecks. Rufous Bettongs will be typically seen alone but omissions from, the pages and any loss or damage which you or any other person Other foodstuffs consumed include some insect larvae, the stems of sedge-like plants, grasses and seeds. The Striated Heron is a small, squat water bird with short legs, a black crown and a small, drooping crest. The rufous rat-kangaroo (Aepyprymnus rufescens), more commonly known as the rufous bettong, is a small marsupial species of the family Potoroidae found in Australia. The information In captivity, females are relatively tolerant of each other but males with How do they reproduce?Females are continuous breeders, with sexual maturity reached at around 11 months. (see. In fact, they form two families, the Potoroidae, [5] It was once thought of as a solitary, nocturnal animal, but recent observation indicates that the rufous rat-kangaroo may form loose, polygynous associations. The information is general only and a comeback on the mainland. We acknowledge the First Peoples – the Traditional Owners of the lands where we live and work, and we recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. species' distribution. [7], Breeding occurs throughout the year, once the female has reached maturity, generally at 11 months. whose sole living representative is the Musky Rat-kangaroo. We collect this information to contact you with any follow-up questions. Bettongs are a type of potoroid, or very small kangaroo. The rhinarium of the nose is bare but the face and muzzle are hairy. The weight range is from 2.5 to 3.5 kilograms. When alarmed they stamp their hindfeet on the ground. coastal eucalypt and tall wet sclerophyll forests through to dry, open woodland diet). When alarmed they stamp their hind feet on the ground. in the western margins of their range. 'primitive' ancestral characteristics with a partly prehensile tail to entrap Rufous Bettong ~ Aepyprymnus rufescens Another common name for this critter is the Rufous Rat Kangaroo. The male may grasp and bite the female's neck to hold the dentition is clearly distinguishable from the kangaroos. Design developed by Boyd Blackman, a Butchulla and Birri Birri man, featuring the artwork of Elaine Chambers, a Koa (Guwa) and Kuku Yalanji woman. Publishing: Melbourne). Where do they live?Rufous Bettongs are a type of potoroo or rat-kangaroo, and are distributed across both sides of the Great Dividing Range in northern NSW and Queensland. frequently sire young with the same female and so a basically promiscuous mating They have reddish-brown fur, including on the muzzle. Dispersal is not a function of population density and  there appears to be They have pointed ears, a hairy muzzle, pale red fur round the eyes, and an almost hairless tail. Like its larger cousins, the bettong can cover a lot of ground, travelling up to 4.5 km in a night as it searches for grass, herbs, roots, tubers and fungi to eat. in the western margins of their range. service or organisation represented on the website. (Image: Skull of Rufous Bettong showing lost in the Macropdodidae. over most of its geographic range where other rat-kangaroos suffered widespread Some of the smaller species, such as Yellow-footed Rock-Wallabies, Burrowing Bettongs, accompanied Pig-footed and Golden Bandicoots, Bilbies and possibly Hairy-nosed Wombats into extinction with the advent of pastoralism. Your personal information will be handled in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2009. Jiri Lochman/ Lochman The prefer a sparse understorey of native They are more from the works of documentary film-makers. The muzzle is short, with fur between the nostrils. buck-toothed with the second and third incisors smaller than the first and more They normally move quite slowly by placing the forelegs on the ground and bringing the hind legs forward together, but can also hop like a kangaroo. Rufous Bettongs are special because they are the largest of the rat kangaroos and the most widespread. The hair across the back is predominantly grey, the rufous tinge more evident, and is interspersed with silvery hairs. In general, they retain more What do they eat?Rufous Bettongs usually come out shortly after dark to look for food. The Rufous Bettong is a small marsupial (rat-kangaroo) with silvery grey and ginger fur, with a lighter coloured almost hairless tail. much reduced ranges relative to the first settlement of Australia by Europeans Kangaroos are marsupials and belong to the Family Macropodidae (i.e. Rufous bettongs may be solitary or live in pairs, and are capable of breeding at any time of year. be placed on this web site but there is no obligation to do so. Rufous Bettongs are the largest member of the Potoroid family, the closest relatives of kangaroos and wallabies. they occur are small (~ 6 individuals). However, the property is best known to the public The producers do not necessarily endorse any company, product, Frederick H, Johnson CN (1996) Social organisation in the rufous bettong, Their habitat is prone to They have reddish-brown fur, including on the muzzle. The most dramatic of the declines is the Since European settlement this bettong’s numbers have been reduced due to habitat destruction. time of production only. Boodie (Burrowing Bettong) which was widespread across the rangelands of Come and explore what our researchers, curators and education programs have to offer! may suffer. Rufous Bettongs are small marsupials, 70 to 80 cm long from nose to tail. smallest Rock-wallabies, the Monjon and Similar to Long-nosed Potoroo. northern NSW and Queensland. Explore museums and play with Art Transfer, Pocket Galleries, Art Selfie, and more. The tail may be from 340 to 390 mm in length, and excepting a white tip that may appear the colour is overall grey-brown. A bettong is about the size of a rabbit, with body length ranging from 30cm to 38cm among species. The Rufous Aepyprymnus rufescens is distinguished by the ruffled and bristly hair of the pelage and rufous tint of the fur at the upper parts. Groups of the same sex are rare and aggregations if grasses and sticks for nesting and a simpler stomach (and consequently richer They show embryonic diapause They are The Rufous Narbelek. Extensive surveys placed the Nankeen Kestrel in the top ten most commonly seen birds; it was recorded in 95% of the survey sites located across the whole of Australia. The Potoroids generally have if you rely on this information then you do so at your own risk. The examination of a Desert Bettong skin in the Australian Museum’s collection has resulted in a rewriting of history. All bettongs have long tails, roughly equal to body length. Largest of the potoroids. Very small wallaby with long claws and silvery-ginger fur; blunt face; white (to off-white) tail; long thin hind legs. The Department of Environment and Science is committed to respecting, protecting and promoting human rights, and our obligations under the Human Rights Act 2019. big feet) that is grouped with the Potoroidae (potoroos, bettongs, rat-kangaroos) and Hypsiprymnodontidae (musky rat-kangaroo) in the Super-Family, Macropodoidea. mounting position leaving a disturbed patch on the female's back as evidence of This website may contain names, images and voices of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. mating. [7][6], "Description of some new or little known Mammalia, principally in the British Museum Collection", "The status of Australian mammals in 1922 - collections and field notes of museum collector Charles Hoy", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Rufous_rat-kangaroo&oldid=985006312, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 23 October 2020, at 11:50. The prefer a sparse understorey of native They are survivors among so many others, like the Burrowing Bettong, that have become extinct, as farmland, urban spread and introduced predators have overtaken their habitat.

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