Long-nosed Potoroos

(Potorous tridactylus)

An Otways favourite, the Long-nosed Potoroo is a tiny, fluffy cousin of the kangaroo. Although they are still persisting in the Otways, they are nocturnal, so not often seen.

  • Photo Credit: Doug Gimesy i
  • Photo Credit: Doug Gimesy i
  • Photo Credit: Doug Gimesy i
  • Photo Credit: Doug Gimesy i

DESCRIPTION

The Long-nosed Potoroo is a survivor in the Otways, even though it has disappeared from many other forests along the coast, all the way up to Queensland.

Long-nosed Potoroos live in both forests and coastal heathy woodlands. A key feature of their required habitat is dense low vegetation, which they can use to hide from predators, with wetter areas where they can forage for their favourite foods, fungi and seeds.

Studies have found that the potoroos search plays an important role in keeping the soils in the forest floor healthy, with the regular digging to aerate the soil and disperse seeds. They are also very important for fungi dispersal, spreading spores of a species as they dig around for more.

 

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