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bandicoot,

small marsupial mammal native to Australia and nearby islands. There are 19 species in eight genera. Bandicoots have long, pointed, shrewlike faces; gray or brown fur; and long, bushy, ratlike tails. They range in size from that of a rat to that of a rabbit. Their feet are equipped with sharp claws, used for digging food; they feed nocturnally on insects, worms, roots, and vegetables dug from the ground. The second and third toes of the hind legs are bound together and the paired claws are used as a comb for grooming the fur. Bandicoots are able to hop about like rabbits on their strong hind legs, but they also commonly creep on all fours. Bandicoots are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, order Marsupialia, family Peramelidae.

bandicoot

[′ban·di‚küt]
(vertebrate zoology)
Any of several large Indian rats of the genus Nesokia and related genera.
Any of several small insectivorous and herbivorous marsupials comprising the family Peramelidae and found in Tasmania, Australia, and New Guinea.

bandicoot

1. any agile terrestrial marsupial of the family Peramelidae of Australia and New Guinea. They have a long pointed muzzle and a long tail and feed mainly on small invertebrates
2. bandicoot rat any of three burrowing rats of the genera Bandicota and Nesokia, of S and SE Asia: family Muridae
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As bandicoots are small and nocturnal they would be difficult for Maremmas to bond with, therefore around 10 sheep will be deployed at trial locations for the dogs to bond to.
The Eastern Barred Bandicoot Perameles gunnii (mainland form, un-named subspecies) is a Critical Weight Range species (Johnson and Isaac 2009) weighing <1 kg.
In response to my request, Victoria developed a habitat connectivity supplement to the bandicoot strategy which provides new movement corridors between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne, and other bandicoot habitat outside of the south-eastern growth corridor.
We trapped nine adult eastern barred bandicoots (two females and seven males) in 1,050 trap nights.
At night, we used a 50-W spotlight to locate tagged bandicoots.
FitzGibbon S and Jones D (2006) A community-based wildlife survey: the knowledge and attitudes of residents of suburban Brisbane, with a focus on bandicoots.
In this paper we introduce the prototyping strategy using the Australian eastern barred bandicoot (Perameles gunnii) management program as an example.
I trapped and radio-tracked bandicoots at six linear sites throughout 2012-2014.
Long K, Robely AJ and Lovett K (2004) Immediate post-release survival of eastern barred bandicoots Perameles gunnii at Woodlands Historic Park, Victoria, with reference to fox activity.
The natural history of the bandicoot and the nature and operation of the Wan'kurra program is woven into the narrative through encounters and dialogue with the scientists and local residents.