ARKive :: Greater bilby (Macrotis lagotis)

ARKive – Greater bilby videos, photos and facts – Macrotis lagotis.

A bilby (Macrotis lagotis) with a smaller anim...

A bilby (Macrotis lagotis) with a smaller animal - either a baby bilby or a mouse - at Sydney Wildlife World, a zoo in Sydney. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

– Scientific Classification –

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Polyprotodonta
  • Family: Peramelidae
  • Genus: Macrotis
  • Species: M. lagotis

The Greater Bilby is a nocturnal mammal currently listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. They can be found in small populations in Australia, depending on the subspecies (Western or Eastern Bilby). Bilbies are the largest of the rat-like marsupials, commonly known as bandicoots. Due to its diet, (insects, fungi, bulbs) it doesn’t need to drink any water.

Here’s a video of this cute little marsupial just having a stroll:

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