ARKive :: Numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus)

Numbat Perth Zoo, Western Australia taken by M...

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ARKive – Numbat videos, photos and facts – Myrmecobius fasciatus.

– Scientific Classification –

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Infraclass: Marsupiala
  • Order: Dasyuromorphia
  • Family: Myrmecobiidae
  • Genus: Myrmecobius
  • Species: M. fasciatus

The adorable Numbat, or Banded Anteater, of Western Australia is the only member of family Myrmecobiidae. They are myrmecophagous, eating an exclusive diet of termites (hence the “myrme” part of their family name). Numbats aren’t quite strong enough to rip open termite mounds so they must wait until their prey is active. They are endangered thanks to the introduction of cats and the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) as well as agricultural land clearing which removes homes for termites. They are the only marsupial that is fully active during the day.

Sources:

  1. ARKive
  2. Wikipedia – Numbat
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