Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53485

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Dasyuromorpha
Family:Myrmecobiidae
Genus:Myrmecobius
Genus species:Myrmecobius fasciatus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:17-27 cm
Identification:The numbat is red to black in color with lighter bands along the back. It also has black stripes across its eyes.
Habitat:Forests
Diet:Carnivore: termites
Reproduction:Gestation lasts 14 days in numbats. The female has no pouch - her four offspring cling to her nipples as she carries them around.
Behavior:Numbats are the only mammals in Australia that are strictly diurnal.
Status:Endangered: habitat loss; only 2,000 animals surviving
Interesting Facts:Captive numbats have been recorded as eating up to 20,000 termites per day.

Other Information

Geographic:Southwestern Australia Date:1971-12 Subjects:Numbat
marsupial
Myrmecobius
Myrmecobiidae
Dasyuromorphia
Marsupials
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata