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Macrotis lagotis (Greater Bilby)

Wikipedia Abstract

The greater bilby (Macrotis lagotis), often referred to simply as the bilby since the lesser bilby (Macrotis leucura) became extinct in the 1950s, is an Australian species of nocturnal omnivorous animal in the order Peramelemorphia. Other vernacular names include dalgyte, pinkie, or rabbit-eared bandicoot. Greater bilbies live in arid areas of central Australia. Their range and population is in decline.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 37.37
EDGE Score: 5.03


Adult Weight [1]  2.866 lbs (1.30 kg)
Diet [2]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Carnivore (Vertebrates), Herbivore
Diet - Invertibrates [2]  70 %
Diet - Plants [2]  10 %
Diet - Vertibrates [2]  20 %
Forages - Ground [2]  100 %
Female Maturity [1]  5 months
Gestation [1]  17 days
Litter Size [1]  2
Litters / Year [1]  4
Maximum Longevity [1]  10 years
Nocturnal [2]  Yes
Weaning [1]  3 months 20 days


Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park II 332429 Northern Territory, Australia

Prey / Diet

Cyperus bulbosus[3]
Wurmbea deserticola[3]


Echidnophaga myrmecobii (Red flea)[4]


Parasitized by 
Cryptosporidium muris[4]
Echidnophaga gallinacea (sticktight flea)[5]
Echidnophaga myrmecobii (Red flea)[5]
Echidnophaga perilis (Rabbit stickfast flea)[5]
Lagaropsylla mera[5]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Range Map



External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
2Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
3Species Profile and Threats Database, Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
4Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
5International Flea Database
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
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