A white spotted eastern quoll during dark phase

Dasyurid marsupials

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

Rank: Family


Map showing the distribution of the Dasyurid marsupials taxa

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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  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Mammals
  5. Dasyuromorphia
  6. Dasyurid marsupials