Trichosurus


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Trichosurus

 

(brush-tailed phalangers), a genus of mammals of the family Phalangeridae. The length of the body ranges from 30 to 60 cm, and of the tail, from 25 to 35 cm. The animals weigh from 1 to 5 kg. The coat is soft and silky. The tail is well-furred and prehensile. These phalangers are distributed in Australia and Tasmania and have been introduced into New Zealand. Tree-climbing animals, they usually live in mountain forests; sometimes they inhabit unforested areas and semideserts. They also dwell in gardens and city parks. The animals feed on young shoots, leaves, blossoms, fruits, and, at times, insects. A single offspring is born in May or June and carried in the pouch for four to five months.

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Behavioural response of brushtail possum, Trichosurus vulpecula, to baits used in pest control.
An evolutionary perspective of structural adaptations for environmental perception and utilization by the neonatal marsupials Trichosurus vulpecula (Phalangeridae) and Didelphis virginiana (Didelphidae).
2%) DEF Common Brushtail Possum Trichosurus vulpecula 35 (31.
For example, the degree of boldness of individual brushtail possums Trichosurus vulpecula affected foraging at risky, high-quality food patches and at safe patches when the concentration of PSMs was low (Mella et al.
Gulle N (2006) Home range use and road crossing behaviour by the common brushtail possum Trichosurus vulpecula.
It is surrounded by a predator-barrier fence and contains a variety of mammals including the eastern barred bandicoot, southern brown bandicoot Isoodon obesulus, long-nosed potoroo Potorous tridactylus, rufous bettong Aepyprymnus rufescens, Tasmanian pademelon, eastern grey kangaroo, swamp wallaby Wallabia bicolor, common brushtail possum Trichosurus vulpecula and eastern quoll Dasyurus viverrinus.
Post-fire surveys of arboreal marsupials near Gerogery, NSW, indicate that the abundance of the Common Brush-tail Possum Trichosurus vulpecula and the Common Ring-tail Possum Pseudocheirus peregrinus can be significantly reduced (D Michael unpublished data).
Sugar Glider Petaurus breviceps and Brushtailed Phascogale Phascogale tapoatafa (hereafter Phascogale), are the main users of these boxes, but other species such as the Squirrel Glider Petaurus norfolcensis, Yellow-footed Antechinus Antechinus flavipes, Common Brushtail Possum Trichosurus vulpecula and Common Ringtail Possum Pseudocheirus peregrinus have been recorded also (Myers and Dashper 1999).
Common species such as Eastern Grey Kangaroo Macropus giganteus, Black Wallaby Wallabia bicolor, Common Brushtail Possum Trichosurus vulpecula, Common Ringtail Possum Pseudocheirus peregrinus and Common Wombat Vombatus ursinus are regularly seen.