Galadi grandis (Grand Bandicoot) was a large bandicoot from the early Miocene of Riversleigh, northwestern Queensland, Australia. It co-existed at the same time as Galadi speciosus (Beautiful Bandicoot) and probably preyed on larger species. It is represented by a well preserved jaw and several isolated teeth.
Body size estimate
Around 1.5 kg
Distribution and locality
Galadi grandis is known only from the Riversleigh World Heritage Fossil Site in northwestern Queensland. It is found in the following sites:
Faunal Zone B (Early Miocene) – Camel Sputum Site, Creaser’s Rampart Site, Mike’s Menagerie Site, Ross Scott-Orr (RSO) Site, Wayne’s Wok Site.
It is found in Faunal Zone B and is considered to be a rainforest environment.
Feeding and Diet
Galadi grandis was predominantly faunivorous, feeding on small animals and may have occupied a niche that is now occupied by dasyurids.
Galadi grandis is known from 16 specimens which includes an almost complete lower jaw, and several isolated teeth.
The latest phylogeny places Galadi grandis outside the group in which all modern bandicoots and bilbies belong. It therefore belong to an ancient lineage of bandicoots, which evolutionary relationship is yet to be understood.
- Incertae sedis
- Travouillon, K.J., Gurovich, Y., Archer, M., Hand, S. J. and Muirhead, J., 2013. The genus Galadi: three new bandicoots (Marsupialia; Peramelemorphia) from Riversleigh’s Miocene deposits, north-western Queensland, Australia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 33, 153–168.