Antechinomys

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Antechinomys

 

(long-legged jumping marsupial), a genus of mammals of the family Dasyuridae. The body measures 8–11 cm in length, and the tail 11–12 cm. The hind limbs are elongated. The fur is long and thick. The coloration is grayish; the under-parts are white. The rear-opening pouch develops during the breeding season. The genus has two species, which are distributed in central and eastern Australia. Antechinomys inhabits sandy deserts and semideserts. It is active in the evening, night, and early morning and spends the day in burrows. It feeds on insects and small vertebrates. The female bears six to eight young. Antechinomys spenceri is very rare.

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