Which marsupial was named after a naturalist who was killed by aborigines during an expedition with Ludwig Leichardt?
#88159. Asked by demetries1899. (Nov 05 07 7:40 PM)
Gilbert's Dunnart |
During April and early May, they followed a river that Leichhardt named the Burdekin. At the end of May, they discovered the Lynd River and followed it towards the Gulf of Carpentaria. Leichhardt made the mistake of camping in thick scrub and the aboriginals were able to creep up on him. On June 28, hostile aboriginals attacked the camp and one of the party, John Gilbert was speared and killed. Two other members of the party were wounded.
Glbert's Dunnart (Sminthopsis gilberti) is a recently discovered dunnart, described in 1984. The length from snout to tail being 155-180 mm of which head to anus is 80-90 mm and tail 75-90 mm long. Hind foot size is 18 mm, ear length of 21 mm and with a weight of 14-25 g.
Gilbert's Dunnart is found in the southern wheat belt of Western Australia close to Perth and the Swan River, as well as the Roe plain near the South Australian border. The habitat it enjoys consists of heath and heathy forest and is abundant on coastal rangers, dry sclerophyll forest, semi arid woodlands and mallee scrub.
Description: The dunnart is a cute mouselike marsupial with wide face, big eyes, and a sharply pointed nose. It small limbs, large ears, and a thick tail. The coat is a soft ashy gray color on the back, and lighter on the belly. It reaches a length of 3" to 3.5" and weighs 0.5 to 1.0 oz.
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