Numbats

The Numbat is a squirrel-sized marsupial that only lives in the eucalyptus forests and woodlands of south-western Australia, characterized by its narrow head, pointed snout and distinctive white bands of fur on its orange-brown body. Also known as the Banded Anteater, its diet consists of termites, which it collects with its 10cm long tongue.

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What types of numbats live in Australia?

There is only one species of numbat in Australia (or anywhere, for that matter), and that is the species Myrmecobius fasciatus.

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How many numbats are left?

Estimates suggest there are between 900 and 1500 numbats left in the wild in Australia.

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What is taxonomy?

the way of classifying organisms

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Is a numbat a monotreme marsupial or a placental?

The numbat is a marsupial. It is a small, native termite-eating marsupial found in Western Australia.

Unlike almost all other marsupials, the numbat does not have a pouch.

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What do numbats eat?

Numbats feed almost exclusively on termites, although they will sometimes eat other types of ants. They have sharp claws for digging into termite mounds, although they prefer to dig out termites from under logs and underground, being able to detect them with their very sensitive noses. They have a sticky tongue for collecting the termites. A numbat eats as much as 20,000 termites a day.

Baby numbats (joeys) feed on mothers' milk.

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What is a young gnu called?

A young gnu is called a calf

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What is a young gerbil called?

A young gerbil is called a pup

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What is a young dove called?

A young dove is called a squab or chick

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What is a young rooster called?

A young rooster is called a cockerel

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When were Numbats first discovered in Australia?

Numbats have been known by the Aborigines for thousands of years, and their population first began to decline with the introduction of the dingo.

The numbat was first discovered by Europeans in 1831, when the species was still widespread across southern Australia. It was discovered by an exploration party in the Avon Valley being led by Robert Dale.

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What is a young hummingbird called?

A young hummingbird is called a chick

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How does proprioception help balance?

proprioception is important to keep balance as it involves the sending of messages from an affected or injured part of the body to the brain. eg balance can be affected after knee replacement surgery,the messages not getting to the brain cause you to jump as your body is uncertain where the leg is positioned.The movement causes the signals to activate the sensation again and balance is restored.

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Are Numbats related to the squirrel?

Although they are similar in size and somewhat in appearance, the answer is no, numbats are marsupials and squirrels are placentals.

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What is a young louse called?

A young louse is called a nymph

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What is the lifespan of a numbat?

Numbats live for an average of 5-6 years in captivity, but less in the wild.

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In the human reproductive aspect what is transillumitnation used for?

Because the bones of the newborn are not yet finished in their development, transillumination is used upon birth to detect some conditions the baby may have, which you can check on Wikipedia, look up transillumination.

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What is Taxonomy in planing?

Taxonomy is the practice and science of classification. The word comes from the Greek τάξις, taxis (meaning 'order') and νόμος, nomos ('law' or 'science'). Taxonomies, or taxonomic schemes, are composed of taxonomic units known as taxa (singular taxon), or kinds of things that are arranged frequently in a hierarchical structure. Typically they are related by subtype-supertype relationships, also called parent-child relationships. In such a subtype-supertype relationship the subtype kind of thing has by definition the same constraints as the supertype kind of thing plus one or more additional constraints. For example, car is a subtype of vehicle. So any car is also a vehicle, but not every vehicle is a car. Therefore, a thing needs to satisfy more constraints to be a car than to be a vehicle.

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Why are numbats endangered?

The primary cause of numbats being endangered is the introduction of non-native species to Australia. Introduced species such as foxes, and feral cats and dogs, pose a considerable threat to the numbat. It is a small, quite defenceless creature, only able to protect itself by hiding in hollow logs.

Another reason is habitat loss. Their habitat has been cleared for industry, agriculture and expanding human habitation.

Bushfires and changed fire regimes have also contributed to the numbats' endangerment. Bushfires destroy the numbats' habitat, including the logs in which it shelters. Numbats are not fast-moving creatures, and they cannot escape bushfires, which can move very quickly.

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What is a young nightingale called?

A young nightingale is called a chick

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Does the numbat have a special name when it is a baby?

All marsupial young are called joeys, and this includes baby numbats.

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Is a numbat a marsupial?

Yes. A numbat is a striped marsupial of Australia. It is one of the few marsupials which does not have a fully developed pouch. The young are still born undeveloped, and cling to the mother's underbelly, whilst still firmly attached to her teats for their first few months of life.

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What is a young finch called?

A young finch is called a chick

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What are some special survival features on a numbat?

Adaptations of the numbat which help it to survive include the following:

  • Numbats feed almost exclusively on termites, although they will sometimes eat other types of ants. Therefore, they have sharp claws for digging into termite mounds, although they prefer to dig out termites from under logs and underground.
  • Numbats have an acute sense of smell, being able to detect termites with their very sensitive noses.
  • They have a long, thin, sticky tongue for collecting the termites.
  • They also have a long snout for shuffling through leaf litter to help find food.
  • The stripes on the numbat's back and across its eyes help it to camouflage effectively in its bushland habitat.
  • Because numbats are relatively defenceless, they hide by digging short burrows, or shelter in hollow logs and fallen trees.
  • Termites do not provide a high level of nutrition, so numbats have a lower basal metabolic rate than other mammals of their size.
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Does the numbat have a pouch?

Yes and no. The numbat is one of Australia's few marsupials that does not have a closed pouch, but just an open pouch. Like the young of other marsupials, numbat young attach to the mother's teat, which swell in their mouth to prevent them being dislodged, but the young, which are born blind and hairless, have to cling to the belly fur of their mother while they grow.

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Are numbats also called banded anteaters?

Yes. The numbat has earned the nickname of "banded anteater" because of its distinctive stripes: it has a series of 6-8 white stripes on its back, over their reddish-brown fur. It lives almost exclusively on termites (rather than ants).

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