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potoroo

a rat kangaroo in the genus Potorous. The most primitive and smallest of the kangaroos, they gallop instead of hopping, are the size of a rat, and one of the species has a long, pointed, ratlike snout. There is also a broad-faced species. Called also kangaroo rat.
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They found that unlike squirrels, which are poorly adapted to digesting fungi, the potoroo is a fungi specialist.
With the discovery, and subsequent naming, of the Long-footed Potoroo Potorous longipes in 1980, it was thought that Victoria now had three endemic species of mammal, this potoroo, Leadbeater's Possum and the Smoky Mouse Pseudomys fumeus.
Typically 90% of male Sooty Owl diet comprises individuals with a body weight less than 300 g, which would only incorporate juvenile potoroos and bandicoots (Bilney et al.
One such species was the Long-nosed Potoroo Potorous tridactylus, of which only one juvenile was detected in the diet, and this is the first record of the species ever detected in the Sooty Owl contemporary diet (e.