About 100 species of vertebrates are endemic, including the honey possum
, quokka, red-capped parrot, western swamp tortoise and sunset frog.
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