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The bettongs are species of the genus Bettongia, sometimes referred to as rat-kangaroos. Four extant species are recognised:[1]

In addition, at least two extinct species are known:

  • Bettongia moyesi, Middle Miocene bettong from Riversleigh[2]
  • Nullarbor dwarf bettong, †Bettongia pusilla, known only from the fossil record

The rufous rat-kangaroo (Aepyprymnus rufescens) is sometimes referred to as a bettong (rufous bettong), but this is not strictly correct.


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  2. ^ Flannery, T.F. and Archer, M, 1987. Bettongia moyesi, a new and plesiomorphic kangaroo (Marsupialia: Potoridae) from Miocene sediments of northwestern Queensland. ‘Possums and Opossums: Studies in Evolution’, Pp.759–67. ed. M. Archer. Surrey Beatty & Sons and the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, Sydney pdf
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