Long-nosed Bandicoot
(Perameles nasuta) #65-49

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Physical characteristics and distribution

Head and body length is 200-245 mm, tail length is 75-170mm. Weights are 850-1,100 grams. The sleek-looking pelage is comprised of coarse distinct hairs. Upper parts are pinkish, dull orange, yellowish brown, grayish brown, or gray. Some hairs may be black-tipped. Underparts are white or whitish. The snout is long and tapered and the small ears are pointed. Perameles nasuta is found in eastern parts of Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria.

Perameles nasuta prefers rainforest or sclerophyll forest habitats, building mound nests of twigs, leaves, and humus on the ground's surface. In more open areas they may excavate a chamber or occupy an abandoned rabbit burrow. They are primarily nocturnal, terrestrial and very active. They have been observed running rapidly, jumping straight up in the air and taking off in the opposite direction.

They are largely insectivorous, though have been known to feed on small mice, worms, snails, lizards, and plant material. Perameles nasuta will scratch and dig for prey including fruit tree root weevils and the larvae of the scarabacid beetle.

Both sexes are solitary. Females are polyestrous, with each cycle lasting 21 days. While males can breed all year long, females are believed to be inactive during the autumn. Gestation is 12.5 days, with litter sizes from as few as 1 to as many as 5 young, but usually 2-3 young. There are eight mammae, which allows for a new litter to be born as the previous one is being weaned.

Perameles nasuta is found in Australian: E Queensland, E New South Wales, and Sydney.

Description of the brain

Animal source and preparation
All specimens collected followed the same preparation and histological procedure.

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