chondrophila has been isolated from aborted cattle fetuses in the United States and German (20,32) but has also been detected in an apparently healthy Potoroo
in Australia (33).
In a study funded by Edith Cowan University and the WA Department of Conservation and Land Management, Bougher found that more than 90% of scats from the Gilbert's potoroo
were composed of fungal material.
They found that unlike squirrels, which are poorly adapted to digesting fungi, the potoroo
is a fungi specialist.
However, logging was held up long enough to prevent the completion of all scheduled coups and there has been no further logging in the most important areas of Goolengook, largely due to the finding of one of Australia's rarest mammals, the long-footed potoroo
, by volunteer wildlife surveyors in 1998.
The federal Environment Department believes the scavenger is responsible for the extinctions of types of bandicoot, potoroos
, rat-kangaroos, wallabies, and bilbys - similar to the marsupial young Prince George recently came face to face with at Taronga Zoo in Sydney during the Royal tour of Australia.
Wombats, quolls, potoroos
, little penguins, giant lobsters and pademelons all populate the pages of this eco-adventure with Brooklyn nature writers Margaret Mittelbach and Michael Crewdson, but it's the elusive, thought-to-be-extinct Tasmanian tiger (or thylacine) they track that is at the mysterious center of it all.
Digging and burrowing are common behaviours in many Australian mammals, for instance potoroid rat-kangaroos, such as bettongs and potoroos
(Claridge and May 1994; Garkaklis et al.
How could I not be content here on this farmland in my isolation, with birds and bees and trees unlimited and all the wonderful annoyances such as potoroos
and possums devouring any of my unprotected fruit and vegies?