Spencer & Gillen

A journey through Aboriginal Australia

Burrowing Bettong, Bettongia lesueur, illuta, illuta, illuta


"Name of a small wallaby. Kaitish and Unmatjera tribes." (NorTCA, Glossary) Gillen writes: "This particular Wanninga belongs to the Illuta (pig-faced burrowing rat) of Lympilla on the Finke and represents an old man Illuta and his piccaninny (Sept 1897, p.182 MDS). Olive Pink has noted the name for this species as ‘Allooter’. This has been noted on Fig.61 in her copy of The Arunta.

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Totem Details

Common Name
Burrowing Bettong
Scientific Name
Bettongia lesueur
Arrernte Name
Unmatjera Name
Kaytetye Name
Alternative Spellings
  • iluta