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Australian Lesser Bilby.
Macrotis leucura.
(luke-ue'-rah : "white-tailed big-ear")

Status: Extinct

Lesser Bilby

The Lesser Bilby was very similar to the body shape of the Bilby but only much smaller, and about one third its weight and size. The Lesser Bilby inhabited the central desert regions of Australia and is believed to have become extinct in the 1930's.

Being largely carnivorous, feeding on rodents the Lesser Bilby also ate vegetation and seeds.

Like the Bilby of today, the Lesser Bilby was nocturnal and constructed deep burrows and seal the entrance with sand when the Bilby was inside during the daylight hours.

Females had eight teats in a backward opening pouch but only reared two young at any one time.

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