Leadbeater's possum

species of mammal

Leadbeater's possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri) is an endangered species of Australian possum. They need food all year round, and trees with holes where they can hide during the day. They live in mixed-age wet sclerophyll forest with plenty of Acacia.

Leadbeater's possum [1]
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Taxidermy specimen
Scientific classification
Binomial name
Gymnobelideus leadbeateri
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The possum was once thought to be extinct. It now lives only in small areas of old and mixed age mountain ash forest in the central highlands of Victoria, north-east of Melbourne.

These trees are a species of Eucalyptus: they give off vapour which catches fire easily. About half this area was burnt in the disastrous Black Saturday bushfire in 2009. Large areas of the forest around Marysville, Narbethong and Healesville were destroyed.[3]


  1. Groves, Colin (16 November 2005). Wilson, D. E., and Reeder, D. M. (eds) (ed.). Mammal Species of the World (3rd edition ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 54. ISBN 0-801-88221-4.CS1 maint: multiple names: editors list (link) CS1 maint: extra text: editors list (link) CS1 maint: extra text (link)
  2. Menkhorst, P. (2008). "Gymnobelideus leadbeateri". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 28 December 2008.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link) Database entry tells why this species is listed as endangered
  3. "A million native animals may have died in Victorian bushfires". The Australian. Feb 11, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-12.

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Leadbeater's possum from ARKive
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