Notoryctes typhlops (Stirling, 1889), Indracowrie, Northern Territory, Australia.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Greater marsupial mole; French: Taupe marsupiale; German: Großer Beutelmull; Spanish: Topo marsupial.
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS Head-body 3.5-7 in (9-18 cm); tail about 1 in (2.5 cm); weight 1.2-2.5 oz (35-70 g). Long, flattish body with short tail, very short, stout legs, and spade-like front feet; fur is silky and pale blond; no visible eyes or ears, nose has flat, callused shield; female has backward opening pouch with two teats.
Midwestern Australia, including central Western Australia, southern Northern Territories, and northwestern South Australia.
Lives alone; burrows in loose sand using swimming action, but creates no persistent burrow system, surfaces very occasionally.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Mostly insect larvae.
REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY Nothing is known.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦
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