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Taxidermy Specimen - Leadbeater's Possum, Gymnobelideus leadbeateri, Lake Mountain, Victoria, 1971 Object Reg. No: HT 27590

Male specimen of a Leadbeater Possum collected in March 1971 at Rotunda, Lake Mountain Road.

The leadbeater possum is an endangered marsupial found only in Victoria, Australia. It was first discovered in 1867 and by the early 1900s was thought to be extinct. However, in 1961 it was rediscovered near Marysville and became the state of Victoria's faunal emblem in 1971.

The possum was named after John Leadbeater, a taxidermist at the Museum of Victoria in 1858.
Specimen of male leadbeater possum mounted on leafy branch.
Four-legged, it has a medium grey-brown dense furry coat and features round brown eyes, pointed nose, dark whiskers, slightly peaked ears and long furry tail that plumes out towards the tip.
Distinctive blacks markings visible near the cheeks and ears and a black stripe extends from the forehead down along the back. The underbelly and neck are pale brown and pink skin can be seen on the nose, ears and clawed feet.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 400 mm (Height), 350 mm (Width), 350 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Measurement of specimen only.

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Tagged with: bushfires, natural environment, wildlife rescue, taxidermy, nardz1
Themes this item is part of: Sustainable Futures Collection, Victorian Bushfires Collection
Primary Classification: SUSTAINABILITY
Secondary Classification: Natural Disasters
Tertiary Classification: bushfires
Original Source: Mr John Coventry - Museum Victoria Herpetology, Victoria, Australia, 1971
Place Collected: Marysville, Victoria, Australia, 1971

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