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Some original observations on the habits of Dactylopsila trivirgata Gray. American Museum novitates ; no. 957

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dc.contributor.author Rand, Austin Loomer, 1905- en_US
dc.contributor.author Archbold Expedition to New Guinea 1936-1937) en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2005-10-06T17:19:35Z
dc.date.available 2005-10-06T17:19:35Z
dc.date.issued 1937 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/3904
dc.description 7 p. ; 24 cm. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description.abstract "Observations were made on a captive Dactylopsila trivirgata. It was a quiet, rather stupid creature, nocturnal in habits. It was an agile climber but though the tail is apparently adapted for prehensility, it was not seen to be so used. The big toe is opposable, the thumb not so, but food is held in the fore paws. Dactylopsila has a specialized defense attitude. It drank readily and preferred milk to water. If drinking is necessary to this animal that may limit its distribution in south New Guinea. Its favorite food was wood-boring beetle larvae. The long tongue was used in removing small grubs from small cavities in wood, and the contents of tough-skinned grubs. The rodent-like teeth were used in breaking open wood in search of grubs; the elongated fourth finger was used to draw out grubs from cavities. This corresponds exactly with the suppositions made by taxonomists regarding the habits of this group of animals. A habit possibly associated with locating prey encased in wood is a light, quick tapping on a wood surface when examining it. It is interesting to note the parallel development in structure (and habits?) of this creature and the aye-aye (Daubentonia) of Madagascar"--P. 7. en_US
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dc.language eng en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher New York City : The American Museum of Natural History en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates ; no. 957 en_US
dc.subject.lcc QL1 .A436 no.957, 1937 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Dactylopsila trivirgata -- Behavior. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Marsupials -- Papua New Guinea. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Marsupials -- Behavior -- New Guinea. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Marsupials -- New Guinea. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mammals -- Behavior -- New Guinea. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mammals -- Papua New Guinea. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mammals -- New Guinea. en_US
dc.title Some original observations on the habits of Dactylopsila trivirgata Gray. American Museum novitates ; no. 957 en_US
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  • American Museum Novitates
    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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