Dasyurid marspuials are native to Australia and New Guinea. The most famous dasyurid is the Tasmanian devil, but there are another 60 species in the family. Although they are marsupials, many species do not have a pouch. Instead, the young just cling to the teats and are dragged along the ground by their mother.
Scientific name: Dasyuridae
The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
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The Dasyuridae are a family of marsupials native to Australia and New Guinea, including 61 species divided into 15 genera. Many are small and mouse-like, giving them the misnomer marsupial mice, but the group also includes the cat-sized quolls, as well as the Tasmanian devil. They are found in a wide range of habitats, including grassland, forests, and mountains, and some species are arboreal or semiaquatic.
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