Honey Possum


Also found in: Wikipedia.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Honey Possum

 

(Tarsipes spenserae), also honey mouse, a mammal of the order Marsupialia. The body length is 7–8 cm, the tail length is 9–10 cm, and weight is 13–17 g. The honey possum is gray-brown, with three dark stripes along the back. The tail is naked and prehensile. The first digit of each limb is opposable to the remaining digits. An arboreal and nocturnal animal, the honey possum is found in the forests of southwestern Australia. It feeds on insects, honey, and flower nectar. A litter contains as many as four young.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
But the honey possum never eats honey, even though that's part of its name.
Research indicates that the tiny honey possum, uniquely adapted to its habitat, could be extremely vulnerable to climate change in the near future.
(2009) Impacts of tire and climate change on honey possums (Tarsipes rostratus) in Banksia woodlands.
** NEGUS, Patricia (illus.) Felicity Bradshaw (text) A Tale of Honey Possums + DVD Honey Possum South West, 2008 32pp $24.95 pbk ISBN 9780646502465 SCIS 1394155
This gentle story is told carefully with a strong factual base even though the honey possums are presented anthropomorphically.
With a long nose and longer tongue, this honey possum (right) slurps nectar from a tree flower in Australia.
** KEADY, Sally (text) Patrieia Negus (illus.) Rottnest Island Honey Possum Designs, 2013 81pp $27.95 pbk ISBN 9780987091024 SCIS 1608720
The findings suggest that the honey possum, a mammal with a brush-shaped tongue tip, might also use the inflate-a-bristle technique to gather its treats.
The honey possum might also employ the idea, the authors speculate in PNAS.
the child, her lap a honey possum's marsupium: their heads