Caught and Coloured: Zoology Illustrations from Colonial Victoria

Leadbeater's Possum, Gymnobelideus leadbeateri

Image Details
  • Plate Number: 91
  • Media: Drawing - Pencil on paper
  • Lithographer: John James Wild
  • Artist: John James Wild
  • Primary inscriptions: fore foot NS. / Hind foot NS.
Transcript from the Prodromus of Zoology

Plate 91. Gymnobelideus leadbeateri (now known as Leadbeater's Possum, Gymnobelideus leadbeateri) found at Bass River

In general appearance this curious animal is intermediate between Belideus and Phascogale; but its nearest affinity is with the former, from which the absence of the flank-membrane and the different form of the feet distinguish it. There is only one species known, which occurs in the scrub on the banks of the Bass River, in Victoria. I name it after the skilled taxidermist of our Public Museum, in which specimens of both sexes are preserved.