Significance to humans

Numbat is an aboriginal name from South Australia. Central Australian aboriginal peoples knew the animal as

Numbats (Myrmecobius fasciatus) use scent and a long sticky tongue to locate their prey. The tongue can extend as far as 4 in (10 cm) from its mouth. (Photo by Bill Bachman/Photo Researchers, Inc. Reproduced by permission.)

Two juvenile numbats (Myrmecobius fasciatus) in Western Australia. (Photo by Animals Animals ©A. Wells, OSF. Reproduced by permission.)

"walpurti" and hunted it to eat. Individuals were tracked to tion of numbats is recorded, but up to 200 have been col-burrows where they were dug up. No commercial exploita- lected for museum specimens.

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