Gilbert’s potoroo (Potorous gilbertii)
|Synonyms:||Potorous tridactylus gilbertii|
- Gilbert's potoroo is endemic to Australia, and was long thought to be extinct until its rediscovery in 1994.
- Gilbert’s potoroo has a highly unusual diet for a mammal, feeding almost entirely on fungi.
- Less than 50 mature Gilbert’s potoroos are known to occur in the wild at one very small site.
- Fire is the biggest threat to Gilbert's potoroo, as it lives in extremely fire prone vegetation.
Classified as Critically Endangered (CR) on the IUCN Red List (1).
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