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Mainland Tasmanian devils found in Australia!

Despite the exclamation - these devils were found years ago! Between the 1903 and 1991, no less than five Tasmanian devils have been collected from the state of Victoria on mainland Australia.

I had heard rumours that these were destroyed in an accident, but says Debbie Hynes that on Monday this week, "I visited the Museum [of Victoria], I spoke with the Curator of Mammals who very graciously showed me the specimens."

Read all about Debbie's development of automated camera systems as she searches for all manner of Victorian wildlife. Will the devil be added to her list of targeted species? I hope so!


Full article at Quest for thylacoleo

Please note - Debbie's mainland devil page is still in progress and will continue to be updated in the near future as she puts more details online about her experience with seeing mainland Australian devil specimens first hand!

Did you know the devil's genus name (Sarcophilus) means "corpse-loving"?

Photo of Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) by Where Light Meets Dark.

Tasmanian Devil trio - Sarcophilus harrisii

Posted by: admin on 10th Jul 2007 08:35 PM
Updated by: admin on 10th Jul 2007 08:35 PM
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Tassie Devils in Mainland Australia
Posted on: 2007-07-11 15:50:39   By: Anonymous
 
Hey Chris - thanks for mentioning my puny efforts! Thst web page (http://www.thylacoleo.com/tassie_devils/index_devil.htm) is still under construc, so lots of dead links, typos & etc.

I should have the pictures of the museum specimens developed within a day or two. Two specimens of mainland Tassie Devils were very kindly made available to us for examination. One was an adult male found at Dereel (near Ballarat?) in 1971, the other was a juvenile female that was found at Tooborac. No date on the female specimen's tag but it has the latitude+longitude recorded, so that will be helpful. Both specimen tags have Museum reference numbers, so it may be possible to track down further info. I will put all this information, as well as the pics, on Thylacoleo's web site pretty soon.

Debbie
www.thylacoleo.com

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