Peramelemorphs

Peramelemorphs

Peramelemorphs (Order: Peramelemorphia) Bandicoots are timid, nocturnal ground-dwellers, and only 9 species remain today, with the Desert Bandicoot Perameles eremiana the only extinct member.  They are often confused with rodents, but are marsupials with backward...
Bettongs and Potoroos

Bettongs and Potoroos

Bettongs and Potoroos (Family: Potoroidae) In most respects, the potoroids are similar to their close relatives, the kangaroos and wallabies, but are much smaller. The teeth pattern of the potoroids is simpler, with longer upper incisors, larger canines, and four...
Diprotodonts

Diprotodonts

Diprotodonts (Order: Diprotodontia) Diprotodonts are largely herbivorous marsupials grouped within the order Diprotodontia (derived from Greek and translating as “two forward teeth”). There are around 155 species within the order. In addition to the...
Macropods

Macropods

Macropods (Family: Macropodidae) Macropods are all relatively large marsupials, ranging from the Quokka Setonix brachyurus (smallest) to the Red Kangaroo Osphranter rufus (largest), and 42 remain today (with a further 4 declared extinct). Macropods are a versatile,...
Mammals

Mammals

Mammals (Class: Mammalia) Around 386 species of mammal are found in Australia, around 7% of the world’s total, however 87% of these species are endemic to Australia and 20% of them are considered threatened. The name mammalia was coined by Carl Linnaeus in 1758, from...

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