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Honey Possum: Tarsipedidae

Physical Characteristics, Diet, Behavior And Reproduction, Honey Possums And PeopleGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, CONSERVATION STATUS

Honey possums live in a very small region in the southwestern tip of Australia.

The honey possum lives on uninhabited sandy beaches where the kinds of flowers that they feed on bloom almost all year round.

In 1992, much of the habitat and food supply of the honey possum was disappearing because humans were developing their habitat with little regard to this small animal. Today, with increased awareness, the number of honey possums has rebounded and they are not considered threatened.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Books:

Robinson, Hannah. Australia: An Ecotraveler's Guide. New York: Interlink Books, 2003.

Steiner, Barbara A. A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Triggs, Barbara. Tracks, Scats and Other Traces: A Field Guide to Australian Mammals. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Web sites:

Australian Association for Environmental Education. "Case Study 3—Honey Possums and Wildflowers." https://olt.qut.edu.au/udf/aaee/gen/index.cfm?fa=displayPage&rNum=475152 (accessed on June 30, 2004).

The University of Michigan Museum of Zoology. "Tarsipes rostratus." http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Tarsipes_rostratus.html (accessed on June 30, 2004).

Watson, Ian, and Craig Owen. "Honey Possum." Quantum, ABC Television. http://www.abc.net.au/quantum/s244451.htm (accessed on June 30, 2004).

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Animal Life ResourceMammals