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Scientific Name: 
Bettongia penicillata
Phylum: 
Chordata
Species class: 
Mammalia
Order: 
Diprotodontia
Family: 
Potoroidae
Genus: 
Bettongia
Species: 
penicillata
Status: 
Critically Endangered
Population Trend: 
Decreasing

The Brush-tailed Bettong, or Woylie, feeds mainly on underground fungi, bulbs, tubers, seeds and insects.  While foraging for food, bettongs turn over enormous amounts of soil.  This fulfils an important role in its habitat as it improves water absorption, recycles nutrients and spreads fungal spores.   

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Source: 
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Year assessed: 
2008