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Numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus)
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Subclass: Marsupialia
Order: Dasyuromorphia
Family: Myrmecobiidae
Waterhouse, 1841
Genus: Myrmecobius
Species: M. fasciatus
Binomial name
Myrmecobius fasciatus
Waterhouse, 1836
  • M. f. fasciatus
  • M. f. rufus (extinct)
Numbat range
(green — native, pink — reintroduced)

The Numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus) is a pouchless marsupial from open woodlands in western Australia. Also called the banded anteater, it is one of the few marsupials that is diurnal (most active during the day). At night, they take shelter in hollow (empty) logs. These solitary (lone), long-tailed termite-eaters are in danger of extinction; very few remain in the wild. The numbat has a life span of 5-6 years in captivity (under human care).

References[change | change source]

  1. Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M., eds. (2005). Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  2. Friend, T. & Burbidge, A. (2008). Myrmecobius fasciatus. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2008. Retrieved on 08 October 2008.