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honey possum Line breaks: honey pos¦sum

Definition of honey possum in English:


A tiny shrew-like marsupial with a long pointed snout and a prehensile tail, found only in SW Australia, where it feeds exclusively upon nectar and pollen.
  • Tarsipes rostratus, the only member of the family Tarsipedidae
Example sentences
  • Researchers at the University of Western Australia are working on two endangered species, the honey possum and the potoroo.
  • One such animal, the honey possum - a very small creature that tips the scales at less than a tenth of an ounce - feeds exclusively on the nectar and pollen of colorful flowers, particularly those of the tree Banksia attenuata.
  • Interestingly, the honey possum belongs to the same marsupial taxonomic division as the dichromatic tammar wallaby.

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