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Leadbeater's possum

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Leadbeater's possum[1]
Taxidermy specimen
Scientific classification
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Mammalia
Infracless: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Faimily: Petauridae
Genus: Gymnobelideus
Species: G. leadbeateri
Binomial name
Gymnobelideus leadbeateri
McCoy, 1867
Leadbeater's possum range

Leadbeater's possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri) is a possum lairgely restrictit tae smaw pockets o alpine ash, muntain ash an snaw gum forests in the Central Highlands o Victoria, Australie, north-east o Melbourne.[3] It is primitive, relict, an nan-glidin, an, as the anerly species in the petaurid genus Gymnobelideus, represents a ancestral fuirm. Umwhile, Leadbeater's possums wur moderately common athin the vera smaw auries they inhabitit; their requirement for year-roond fuid supplies an tree-holes tae tak refuge in durin the day restricts thaim tae mixed-age wet sclerophyll forest wi a dense mid-story o Acacia. The species wis namit efter John Leadbeater, the then taxidermist at the Museum Victoria.[4] They also go by the common name of fairy possum.[5] On 2 Mairch 1971,[6] the State of Victoria made the Leadbeater's possum its faunal emblem.[7]


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  1. Groves, C. P. (2005). "Order Diprotodontia". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M (eds.). Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 54. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. "Gymnobelideus leadbeateri". IUCN Reid Leet o Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. Internaitional Union for Conservation o Naitur. 2008. Retrieved 3 Apryle 2014. Cite has empty unkent parameter: |last-author-amp= (help)CS1 maint: ref=harv (link) Database entry includes justification for why this species is listed as endangered
  3. Leadbeater's Possum Recovey Plan, 1997
  4. Hackett, Des (2006). Peter Preuss (ed.). Leadbeater's Possum: Bred To Be Wild. Trafford Publishing. p. 203. ISBN 1-4120-8382-6.
  5. Tyndale-Biscoe, Hugh (2004). Life of marsupials. CSIRO publishing. p. 203. ISBN 0-643-06257-2.
  6. gazette.slv.vic.gov.au/images/1971/V/general/20.pdf
  7. Milman, Oliver: "Government-backed logging 'pushing rare possum towards extinction" in The Guardian 27 May 2013

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