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numbat (nŭm´băt), small marsupial, of SW Australia, also known as the marsupial anteater. The numbat, Myrmecobius fasciatus, resembles a squirrel in size and general appearance, but is adapted for eating insects, with a pointed snout and a long, cylindrical tongue covered with a sticky secretion. The body is brown with white transverse stripes and the tail is bushy. The numbat lives in eucalyptus forests and feeds chiefly on termites, which it finds in fallen branches and under litter. It sleeps by night in a den in a hollow log. Like other marsupials, numbats give birth to very undeveloped young, which crawl to the mother's teats and remain attached to them for several months; unlike most marsupials, however, numbats do not have pouches surrounding the teats. Numbats are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Marsupialia, family Dasyuridae.

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Myrmecobiidae

Myrmecobiidae (superfamily Dasyuroidea, order Dasyuromorphia) A monospecific family (Myrmecobius fasciatus), the numbat or banded ant-eater, which has up to 52 teeth, an elongated snout, no cheek pouch, and feeds on ants and termites. It is distributed in open forest and scrub habitats in western and southern Australia.

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numbat

numbat (banded anteater) Squirrel-like Australian marsupial that feeds on termites. The female, unlike most marsupials, has no pouch. The numbat has a long snout and lateral white bands on its red-brown coat. Length: 46cm (18in). Species Myrmecobius fasciatus.

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Myrmecobius fasciatus

Myrmecobius fasciatus (banded ant-eater, numbat) See MYRMECOBIIDAE.

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numbat

numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus) See MYRMECOBIIDAE.

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