Thought to now be extinct, the pig-footed bandicoot was a small, ground-dwelling marsupial (2) (5). It had a short, stiff coat that was orange-brown on the upperparts and light brown below (2) (3), with dark bars over the back, which may have acted as disruptive camouflage, making it more difficult for predators to spot (2). It had a long, pointed muzzle, and long legs (2) (6), with only two functioning digits on each front foot, hence the name ‘pig-footed’ (2). The bandicoot body was well adpated for digging, with the long muzzle and strong forelegs capable of easily moving soil and stones for efficient foraging. In common with many animals that live in open habitats, the pig-footed bandicoot had long, rabbit-like ears, up to six centimetres in length, which probably helped to detect predators over long distances (2).The pig-footed bandicoot had the longest tail out of all the bandicoots, being over half the size of its head and body length (2). The female pig-footed bandicoot possessed a pouch that opened to the rear and had eight nipples (2).
- Bandicoot À Pied De Porc, Bandicoot À Pieds De Cochon Sans Queue, Bandicoot Pieds De Cochon, Péramèle Anoure.
- Cangurito Piedecerdo.
- Head-body length: 25 – 50 cm (2)
- Tail length: 10 – 13.9 cm (2)
- 200 g (3)