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Phalanger  n.  (Zool.) Any marsupial belonging to Phalangista, Cuscus, Petaurus, and other genera of the family Phalangistidae. They are arboreal, and the species of Petaurus are furnished with lateral parachutes. See Flying phalanger, under Flying.

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... fossil specimens of lower jaws of this genus evidently referable to two distinct species extremely unequal in size and otherwise distinguishable. The Plagiaulax Becklesii (Figure 306) was about as big as the English squirrel or the flying phalanger of Australia (Petaurus Australis, Waterhouse). The smaller fossil, having only half the linear dimensions of the other, was probably only one-twelfth of its bulk. It is of peculiar geological interest, because, as shown by Dr. Falconer, its two ...
— The Student's Elements of Geology • Sir Charles Lyell

... and Monotremes is excellent; especially his section on the Phalanger or Australian Opossum, an animal which has been curiously neglected by all Dictionaries of repute. On New Zealand mammals it is not necessary to quote any book; for when the English came, it is said, New Zealand contained no mammal larger than ...
— A Dictionary of Austral English • Edward Morris

Words linked to "Phalanger" :   Phascolarctos cinereus, flying squirrel, flying opossum, native bear, koala bear, possum, brush-tailed phalanger, genus Phalanger, Trichosurus vulpecula, kangaroo bear, pouched mammal, koala

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