INKTOBER Battling Over Banteng

Battling Over Banteng

On a jungle-swathed island somewhere between Southeast Asia and Australasia, this tiger (Panthera tigris) is defending its banteng beef from a pair of uppity Thylacoleo.

Thylacoleo carnifex is an extinct species of predatory marsupial from Australia known as the “marsupial lion” due to its superficially feline appearance. On the other hand the banteng (Bos javanicus) they’re fighting over is a species of wild cattle native to Southeast Asia. If this encounter between Asian and Australasian fauna ever took place, it would probably occur in the region known as “Wallacea” (after the naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace) that lies between the two continents.


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