Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Dasyuromorphia
Family: Myrmecobiidae
Waterhouse, 1841
Genus: Myrmecobius
Waterhouse, 1836
M. fasciatus
Binomial name
Myrmecobius fasciatus
Waterhouse, 1836[3]
  • M. fasciatus fasciatus
  • M. fasciatus rufus
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Numbat range
(green – native, pink – reintroduced)

The numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus), also known as the noombat or walpurti,[4][5] is an insectivorous marsupial. It is diurnal and its diet consists almost exclusively of termites.

The species was once widespread across southern Australia, but is now restricted to several small colonies in Western Australia. It is therefore considered an endangered species and protected by conservation programs. Numbats were recently re-introduced to fenced reserves in South Australia and New South Wales.[6][7][8][9] The numbat is the faunal emblem of Western Australia.[10]

  1. ^ Woinarski, J.; Burbidge, A.A. (2016). "Myrmecobius fasciatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T14222A21949380. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-2.RLTS.T14222A21949380.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Myrmecobius fasciatus — Numbat".
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  6. ^ "Numbat". AWC – Australian Wildlife Conservancy. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  7. ^ "Numbats reintroduced to NSW National Park". AWC – Australian Wildlife Conservancy. 3 December 2020. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  8. ^ author. "Rare numbats reintroduced to NSW national park". NSW Environment, Energy and Science. Retrieved 1 March 2021. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  9. ^ Water (DEW), Department for Environment and (15 October 2020). "Fifteen local projects receive Grassroots Grants funding". Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  10. ^ "Symbols of Western Australia". Retrieved 1 March 2021.

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