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Potoroidae - bettongs, potoroos, rat kangaroos

Tasmanian BettongThere are 11 species of small marsupials in this family. They are found in Australia and Tasmania. They brown to grayish-brown. They have long hind feet; thick, long tails; small front legs, and small triangular heads.

They hop like kangaroos and land on their hind legs and tails at when they hop at high speeds. They land on their front feet when they hop at slower speeds. They stand upright by balancing themselves on their long hind feet.

The species in this family are herbivores. Most species eat fungi and tubers. Some species may also eat insects.

 

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in USThreatened in US Threatened in New HampshireThreatened in NH Endangered in USEndangered in US Endangered in NHEndangered in NH IntroducedIntroduced
US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None
  None

Other Species Around the World

Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North/Central America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH Species

Rufous Bettong - Aepyprymnus rufescens Least Concern Australia
Tasmanian Bettong - Bettongia gaimardi Near Threatened Australia
Burrowing Bettong - Bettongia lesueur Near Threatened Australia
Woylie - Bettongia penicillata Critically Endangered Australia
Nullarbor Dwarf Bettong - Bettongia pusilla extinct Australia
Northern Bettong - Bettongia tropica Endangered Australia

 


Desert Rat Kangaroo - Caloprymnus campestris extinct Australia
Gilbert's Potoroo - Potorous gilbertii Least Concern Australia
Long-footed Potoroo - Potorous longipes Endangered Australia
Broad-faced Potoroo - Potorous platyops extinct Australia
Long-nosed Potoroo - Potorous tridactylus Least Concern Australia

Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Broad-faced Potoroo - Potorous platyops profile Photos extinct Australia
The broad-face potoroo was last recorded in 1875.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Brush-tailed Bettong - Bettongia penicillata profile Photos Critically Endangered Australia
The brush-tailed bettong was one found across much of australia. Today its population is limited to a few locations in southwest Western Australia.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Brush-tailed Bettong - Bettongia penicillata profile Photos Critically Endangered Australia
The brush-tailed bettong has bristly black fur at the tip of its tail.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Burrowing Bettong - Bettongia lesueur profile Photos Video Near Threatened Australia
The burrowing bettong is also known as the boodie.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Burrowing Bettong - Bettongia lesueur profile Photos Near Threatened Australia
The burrowing bettong was once found across mainland Australia. Today it is only found on islands off the coast of Australia.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Desert Rat Kangaroo - Caloprymnus campestris profile extinct Australia
The desert rat kangaroo has not been spotted since 1935.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Gilbert's Potoroo - Potorous gilbertii Photos Video Least Concern Australia
Gilbert's potoroo is found in Western Australia.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Gilbert's Potoroo - Potorous gilbertii profile Least Concern Australia
The introduction of foxes and feral cats has caused to population of Gilbert's potoroo to decline.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Long-footed Potoroo - Potorous longipes profile Photos Video Endangered Australia
The long-footed potoroo is found in southeastern Australia.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Long-footed Potoroo - Potorous longipes profile Photos Endangered Australia
The long-footed potoroo is threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation as well as by introduced predators like the fox and the dingo.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Long-nosed Potoroo - Potorous tridactylus profile Photos Video Least Concern Australia
The long-nosed potoroo is found on the southeastern coast of Australia.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Long-nosed Potoroo - Potorous tridactylus profile Photos Least Concern Australia
The long-nosed potoroo is about the size of a rabbit.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Northern Bettong - Bettongia tropica profile Photos Endangered Australia
The northern bettong is found in Queensland, Australia.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Rufous Bettong - Aepyprymnus rufescens profile Photos Least Concern Australia
The rufous bettong is found from northeastern Queensland to northeastern New South Wales in Australia.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Tasmanian Bettong - Bettongia gaimardi Photos Near Threatened Australia
The Tasmanian bettong is found in eastern Tasmania.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Tasmanian Bettong - Bettongia gaimardi profile Photos Near Threatened Australia
The Tasmanian bettong uses its prehensile tail to pick up and carry grasses and brush when it is foraging for food or collecting nesting materials.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes