Small group of kangaroos silhouetted at sunset

Kangaroos, possums and wallabies

Kangaroos, possums and wallabies are an order of marsupial mammals that includes all the most familiar Australian animals: kangaroos, wallabies, possums, koalas and wombats. Most diprotodontids are herbivorous, although some eat insects and nectar and a few extinct ones were carnivores.

Scientific name: Diprotodontia

Rank: Order

Common names:

Diprotodontids

Distribution

Map showing the distribution of the Kangaroos, possums and wallabies 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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Classification

  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Mammals
  5. Kangaroos, possums and wallabies

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