Quoll

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Quolls
Dasyurus viverrinus.jpg
Eastern Quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Dasyuromorphia
Family: Dasyuridae
Subfamily: Dasyurinae
Tribe: Dasyurini
Genus: Dasyurus
É. Geoffroy, 1796

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.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  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. Retrieved 2010-04-15. 
  4. Erica Rex (November 23, 2008). "Hope for Tasmanian devils, a decimated species". New York Times. 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