The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 6
3. Hapalotis apicalis. — White-tipped Hapalotis. — Tillikin of the natives
3. Hapalotis apicalis.
Tillikin of the natives.
Mr. Gould figures this species, of which he mentions merely that he received it from South Australia. I observed the first specimens in the neighbourhood of Euston, and found it in great numbers upon Sir Thomas Mitchell's old track on both sides of the Murray. It also occurs on the Darling, and I have no doubt page 5 that the late lamented Explorers called Rat Point (in the neighbourhood of fort Bourke) after this Hapalotis.
They are gregarious in their habits. I have dislodged as many as 15 specimens from a single tree, and kept large numbers in captivity. They became quite tame; and many which had escaped would return to join my frugal supper at night, and help themselves, to damper especially. This is a very graceful animal, strictly nocturnal in its habits, and its flesh white, tender, and well-tasted.