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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 6


The third group of the Australian Mammalia consists of the Rodents, which are largely represented, and, to some extent, partake of the structure of the Kangaroo; many having their hind limbs much elongated, and moving by a succession of jumps, in which they use the hind legs only. A few (4 species) are aquatic (Hydromys), expert swimmers and divers, and a great many are arboreal, and apparently the representatives of the squirrels in Australia.

All the species observed by me on the Lower Murray, are strictly nocturnal, and all bring forth 4 young ones (born blind) at a time.