Honey possum (Tarsipes rostratus)

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IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern LEAST
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  • The honey possum is a small, mouse-sized marsupial endemic to the woodlands of south-west Western Australia.
  • Despite their name, honey possums don't actually eat honey, instead surviving on a diet of nectar and pollen.
  • Honey possums have the smallest newborns, the largest testes relative to body size, and the largest sperm of any mammal.
  • The honey possum is also known as the noolbenger in Australia.
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Honey possum description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderDiprotodontia
FamilyTarsipedidae
GenusTarsipes (1)

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Honey possum status

Classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List (1).

IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern

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References

  1. IUCN Red List (May, 2010)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org
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