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Animals in Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea, with its warm climate and rainforests, is the ideal home for many animals. Since it's made up of islands, some of these animals, including marsupials, egg laying mammals, fantastically beautiful birds, bats, reptiles and amphibians, are found nowhere else. Unfortunately, because of habitat destruction, many of these animals are threatened. The symbol of Papua New Guinea, found on its flag and emblem, is the
Greater Bird of Paradise
Greater Bird of Paradise, so it's logical to begin with this beautiful animal.

The Greater Bird of Paradise lives in the New Guinea rainforests. The differences between the sexes are dramatic, with the female being a drab brown bird who lacks the male's amazing plumes. Of course, he uses his plumes and tail streamers to attract the female. Males gather together on bare branches in the trees, ruffle their plumes and call, then wait while the female picks her mate. After that, she'll go on to raise the chicks by herself. The Greater Bird of Paradise eats insects and fruit.

The echidna is an unusual animal in that it's a mammal that lays eggs. This sort of animal is called a monotreme. It lives underground to avoid the heat of the day. It's solitary, eats ants and termites, and has a sort of spiny fur. When it's threatened, the echidna rolls up into a ball and depends on its spines to protect it, much like a hedgehog.

Matschie's tree kangaroo is a rare marsupial that's found in Papua New Guinea, specifically on the Huon peninsula. It's one of the few kangaroos found outside of Australia. Unlike Australia's gigantic kangaroos, the Matschie's tree kangaroo only grows to about 25 inches long. Its tail is about as long as its body, and helps it balance. The males, who are bigger than the females, weigh about 20 to 25 pounds, where the females weigh about five pounds less. It has woolly fur that reminds the viewer of a koala, except the kangaroo's fur is red on the back and golden on the front. As their name implies, they live in trees, and their paws have become adapted to climbing. They tend to live in small groups and are herbivorous. Because of their diet, they have to spend a long time digesting food, and spend much of their day at rest.


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Dolphins, porpoises, and whales in Papua New Guinea
Pygmy sperm whale
Pygmy killer whale
Grey dolphin
Melon-headed whale
Chinese white dolphin
Blainville's beaked whale
Ginkgo-toothed beaked whale
Long-beaked dolphin
Rough-toothed dolphin
Bridled dolphin
Irrawaddy dolphin
Killer whale
Fraser's dolphin
Bats in Papua New Guinea
Southern blossom bat
Mantled mastiff bat
Bismarck flying-fox
Bulmer's fruit bat
White-striped free-tailed bat
Great bent-winged bat
Little red flying fox
Temminck's trident bat
Coastal tomb bat
Beccari's mastiff bat
Northern mastiff bat
Southern free-tailed bat
Insular flying-fox
New guinea big-eared bat
Hoary wattled bat
Lesser tube-nosed fruit bat
Dark sheath-tailed bat
Lesser long-tongued frut bat
Rohu's bat
Greater sheath-tailed bat
Raffray's sheath-tailed bat
Flores tube-nosed bat
Beccari's sheath-tailed bat
Large-eared sheath-tailed bat
Large-footed bat
Whiskered myotis
Dusky roundleaf bat
Arcuate horseshoe bat
Spurred roundleaf bat
Broad-eared horseshoe bat
Telefomin roundleaf bat
Northern broad-nosed bat
Smaller horseshoe bat
Fierce roundleaf bat
Broad-striped tube-nosed fruit bat
Large-eared horseshoe bat
Round-eared tube-nosed fruit bat
Geoffroy's rousette
Yellow-bellied pouched bat
Maggie taylor's roundleaf bat
Dragon tube-nosed fruit bat
Troughton's pouched bat
Fly river roundleaf bat
Demonic tube-nosed fruit bat
Naked-rumped pouched bat
Semon's roundleaf bat
Common tube-nosed fruit bat
Wollaston's roundleaf bat
Pallas's tube-nosed fruit bat
Mountain tube-nosed fruit bat
Island tube-nosed fruit bat
Lesser naked-backed fruit bat
Umboi tube-nosed fruit bat
Black-bellied fruit bat
Bougainville monkey-faced bat
Panniet naked-backed fruit bat
Gould's long-eared bat
Admiralty flying-fox
New britain naked-backed fruit bat
Small-toothed long-eared bat
Black flying fox
Moluccan naked-backed fruit bat
New guinea long-eared bat
Spectacled flying-fox
Greater long-eared bat
St. aignan's trumpet-eared bat
Small flying-fox
Fly river trumpet-eared bat
Big-eared flying fox
Bismarck's trumpet-eared bat
Moss-forest blossom bat
Big-eared mastiff bat
Western bent-winged bat
Lesser flying-fox
Flower-faced bat
Dasyuroid marsupials and marsupial carnivores in Papua New Guinea
Narrow-striped dasyure
Short-furred dasyure
Broad-striped dasyure
Three-striped dasyure
New guinean planigale
Red-cheeked dunnart
Speckled dasyure
New guinean quoll
Bronze quoll
Chestnut dunnart
Long-nosed antechinus
Lesser antechinus
Black-tailed antechinus
Kangaroos, possums, wallabies, and relatives in Papua New Guinea
Silky cuscus
Long-tailed pygmy possum
Dusky pademelon
Great-tailed triok
Fergusson island striped possum
Long-fingered triok
Striped possum
Agile wallaby
Red-legged pademelon
Doria's tree kangaroo
Goodfellow's tree kangaroo
D'albertis ringtail possum
Grizzled tree kangaroo
Goldon ringtail possum
Huon tree kangaroo
Coppery ringtail possum
Scott's tree-kangaroo
Lowland tree kangaroo
Feathertail possum
Common spotted cuscus
Northern glider
Sugar glider
Black-spotted cuscus
Woodlark cuscus
Black dorcopsis wallaby
Common phalanger
Greater forest wallaby
Stein's cuscus
Gray dorcopsis
Telefomin cuscus
Macleay's dorcopsis
Mountain cuscus
Lesser forest wallaby
Monotremes in Papua New Guinea
Long-beaked echidna
Short-beaked echidna
Bandicoots and bilbies in Papua New Guinea
Clara bandicoot
Fly river bandicoot
David's echymipera
Common echymipera
Long-nosed echymipera
Northern brown bandicoot
Giant bandicoot
Raffray's bandicoot
Striped bandicoot
Papuan bandicoot
Rodents in Papua New Guinea
Long-footed water rat
Coarse-haired water rat
Ernst mayr's water rat
Northern water rat
Fly river water rat
Short-haired water rat
New guinean jumping mouse
Giluwe rat
Greater tree mouse
Eastern small-toothed rat
Polynesian rat
Broad-headed tree mouse
Giant naked-tailed rat
De vis's woolly rat
Cape york rat
Lesser tree mouse
Giant white-tailed rat
Subalpine woolly rat
Eastern rat
Brush-tailed rabbit rat
Bismarck giant rat
Rothschild's woolly rat
New guinean rat
Earless water rat
Mimic tree-rat
One-toothed shrew-mouse
Spiny rat
Bougainville mosaic-tailed rat
Dusky field rat
Grassland mosaic-tailed rat
Stein's rat
Lowland brush mouse
Mottled-tailed shrew mouse
Red-bellied mosaic-tailed rat
Shaw mayer's brush mouse
Highland brush mouse
Slender mosaic-tailed rat
Champion's tree mouse
Large tree mouse
White-bellied mosaic-tailed rat
Chestnut tree mouse
Long-nosed mosaic-tailed rat
Gray-bellied tree mouse
Lorentz's mosaic-tailed rat
Thomas's mosaic-tailed rat
Moncton's mosaic-tailed rat
Lowland mosaic-tailed rat
Musser's shrew mouse
Poncelet's giant rat
Eastern shrew mouse
Golden-bellied water rat
R├╝mmler's brush mouse
Mountain mosaic-tailed rat
Bougainville naked-tailed rat
Western shrew mouse
Mountain water rat
Black-tailed mosaic-tailed rat
Isabel naked-tailed rat
Little native mouse
Western water rat
New britain water rat
Shaw mayer's water rat
Western white-eared giant rat
Squirrel-toothed rat
Groove-toothed shrew mouse
Eastern white-eared giant rat
Moss-forest rat
Van deusen's rat
Slender rat
Dugongs, manatees, and sea cows in Papua New Guinea
Dugong
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