Description

Long-Nosed Potoroo Skull Replica measures 3.0 inches. Long-Nosed Potoroo Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. 2-part skull (separate cranium & jaw). Made in USA. Cast of an original California Academy of Sciences specimen. Skull is female. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.

The Long-nosed potoroo or Potorous tridactylus is a species of potoroo. These small marsupials are part of the rat-kangaroo family. The long nosed potoroo contains two subspecies, P. t. tridactylus from Mainland Australia, and P. t. apicalis from Tasmania, which tends to have lighter fur than P. t. tridactylus.

At first glance, the Long-nosed potoroo or Potorous tridactylus with its pointed nose and grey brown fur looks very much like a bandicoot, that is, until it hops away with its front feet tucked into its chest, revealing its close relationship with the kangaroo family.

The Long-nosed potoroo or Potorous tridactylus exhibits many morphological specializations such as an elongated pointed rostral region (nose), erect ears, large eyes, claws for digging, and long robust hind legs.

It is a small marsupial, with a body length between 3 to 15 in., and a semi-prehensile tail length of 5.9 to 9.4 in.

The Long-nosed potoroo or Potorous tridactylus is rarely seen in the wild, better indicators of its presence are the runways it makes through the undergrowth and the hollow diggings it leaves behind when feeding on underground roots and fungi.

Long-nosed potoroo or Potorous tridactylusis found in a variety of microhabitats located in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales and South-Western Victoria on the Australian mainland, and in Tasmania.

Its bones have been found in a number of cave deposits, indicating it was once more widespread than it is today.

This species prefers a range of vegetation types, from subtropical and warm temperate rainforest, through tall open forest with dense understorey, to dense coastal heaths. Its main requirement is thick and lush forest.

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Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 3.0 in
Long-Nosed Potoroo Facts

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Potoroidae
Genus: Potorous
Species: P. tridactylus
Binomial name: Potorous tridactylus
Subspecies: Potorous tridactylus tridactylus