Quoll

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Quolls
Eastern Quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Dasyuromorphia
Family: Dasyuridae
Subfamily: Dasyurinae
Tribe: Dasyurini
Genus: Dasyurus
É. Geoffroy, 1796
Type species
Didelphis maculata
Anon., 1791
(= Didelphis viverrina Shaw, 1800)
Species

See text.

Quoll (genus Dasyurus) are meat-eating marsupials native to Australia and Papua New Guinea.[1] The name dasyurus means "hairy tail."[2] Adults are between 25 and 75 cm long, with hairy tails about 20-35 cm long (about the size of a cat). Females have pouch to carry their babies.

Quolls are threatened by eating toxic cane toads, but a University of Sydney project is teaching them not to eat them.[3]

The family Dasyurini to which quolls belong also includes the Tasmanian devil, antechinuses, the Kowari, and mulgaras.[1]

Quoll species[change | change source]

Within the genus Dasyurus, the following species exist:[1]

There is at least one fossil species from the Pliocene, that is D. dunmalli.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Groves, Colin (16 November 2005). Wilson, D. E., and Reeder, D. M. (eds). ed. Mammal Species of the World (3rd edition ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 24–25. ISBN 0-801-88221-4 . http://www.bucknell.edu/msw3.
  2. Serena, M.; Soderquist, T. (1995). "Western Quoll". In Strahan, Ronald. The Mammals of Australia. Reed Books. pp. 62–64.
  3. "Taste training for northern quolls". Australian Geographic. http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/quolls-in-danger.htm. Retrieved 2010-04-15.
  4. Erica Rex (November 23, 2008). "Hope for Tasmanian devils, a decimated species". New York Times. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/11/23/MNRD146AD2.DTL. Retrieved 2008-12-12. "Another carnivorous marsupial indigenous to Tasmania, the quoll has a white-dotted reddish to dark chocolate brown coat and is about the size of a small house cat."
  5. http://www.helsinki.fi/~mhaaramo/metazoa/deuterostoma/chordata/synapsida/metatheria/notometatheria/dasyuromorphia/dasyurinae.html Mikkos taxonomy