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Dasyuridae - Dasyurids

 

Classification

 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Chordata
 Subphylum: Vertebrata
 Class: Mammalia
 Order: Dasyuromorphia 
 Family:Dasyuridae 

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Tasmanian DevilThere are 72 species in this family. They are found in Australia, Tasmania, New Guinea, and Indonesia. They vary in size from small and mouse-like to dog-sized. Most species in this family have long, pointed heads; rounded ears; and long, furred tails. The species in this family are marsupials, but some species do not have a full pouch. Instead, they have folds of skin that hold their young. The species in this family are carnivores or insectivores.

The Tasmanian devil is a member of this family. The Tasmanian devil is about 3.5 feet in length and is the world's largest living carnivorous marsupial. It has black fur and a squat, powerful body. It has a large head and a short, thick tail. It is found in Tasmania in a wide variety of habitats. The Tasmanian devil is nocturnal and spends the day in the brush, a den, a hollow log, or a cave.

The female Tasmanian devil gives birth to up to 50 babies or joeys! The joeys climb from the birth canal to the mother's pouch, where only four of them will be able to attach themselves to one of four teats. The other joeys will die. The joeys leave their mother when they are about 6 months old.

The Tasmanian devil uses its keen sense of smell to locate food. It is a scavenger, but it also eats live prey like small mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. It uses its powerful teeth and jaws to completely consume its food, even the bones! The Tasmanian devil gets it name from the early European settlers who heard its eerie call and the bone-chilling screams it makes when feeding in packs.

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World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in the Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

Location
Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH More Info Click for More Info picture Click for Image

New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None   None

Species Around the World

Kultarr - Antechinomys laniger Least Concern Asia More Info
Rusty Antechinus - Antechinus adustus Least Concern Asia
Agile Antechinus - Antechinus agilis Least Concern Asia image More Info
Fawn Antechinus - Antechinus bellus Least Concern Asia More Info
Yellow-footed Antechinus - Antechinus flavipes Least Concern Asia image More Info
Atherton Antechinus - Antechinus godmani Near Threatened Asia
Cinnamon Antechinus - Antechinus leo Least Concern Asia
Swamp Antechinus - Antechinus minimus Least Concern Asia
Brown Antechinus - Antechinus stuartii Least Concern Asia image More Info
Subtropical Antechinus - Antechinus subtropicus Least Concern Asia More Info
Dusky Antechinus - Antechinus swainsonii Least Concern Asia More Info
Brush-tailed Mulgara - Dasycercus blythi Least Concern Asia
Crest-tailed Mulgara - Dasycercus cristicauda Least Concern Asia More Info
Kaluta - Dasykaluta rosamondae Least Concern Asia
Kowari - Dasyuroides byrnei Vulnerable Asia image More Info
New Guinea Quoll - Dasyurus albopunctatus Near Threatened Asia Asia More Info
Western Quoll - Dasyurus geoffroii Near Threatened Asia image More Info
Northern Quoll - Dasyurus hallucatus Endangered Asia Asia image More Info
Spotted-tailed Quoll - Dasyurus maculatus Near Threatened Asia image More Info
Bronze Quoll - Dasyurus spartacus Near Threatened Asia
Eastern Quoll - Dasyurus viverrinus Near Threatened Asia image More Info
Habbema Dasyure - Murexia habbema Least Concern Asia Asia
Short-furred Dasyure - Murexia longicaudata Least Concern Asia Asia
Black-tailed Dasyure - Murexia melanurus Least Concern Asia Asia
Long-nosed Dasyure - Murexia naso Least Concern Asia Asia
Broad-striped Dasyure - Murexia rothschildi Vulnerable Asia
Woolley's Three-striped Dasyure - Myoictis leucura Asia
Müller's Three-striped Dasyure - Myoictis melas Least Concern Asia
Wallace's Three-striped Dasyure-Myoictis wallacei Least Concern Asia Asia More Info
Tate's Three-striped Dasyure - Myoictis wavicus Asia
Speckled Dasyure - Neophascogale lorentzii Least Concern Asia Asia
Wongai Ningaui - Ningaui ridei Least Concern Asia
Pilbara Ningaui - Ningaui timealeyi Least Concern Asia
Southern Ningaui - Ningaui yvonneae Least Concern Asia More Info
Dibbler - Parantechinus apicalis Endangered Asia More Info
Red-tailed Phascogale - Phascogale calura Near Threatened Asia
  Northern Brush-tailed Phascogale - Phascogale pirata Vulnerable Asia More Info
Brush-tailed Phascogale - Phascogale tapoatafa Near Threatened Asia More Info
Red-bellied Phascogale - Phascolosorex doriae Least Concern Asia
Narrow-striped Dasyure - Phascolosorex dorsalis Least Concern Asia Asia
Giles' Planigale - Planigale gilesi Least Concern Asia
Long-tailed Planigale - Planigale ingrami Least Concern Asia
Common Planigale - Planigale maculata Least Concern Asia More Info
Papuan Planigale - Planigale novaeguineae Least Concern Asia Asia
Narrow-nosed Planigale - Planigale tenuirostris Least Concern Asia image More Info
Sandstone Pseudantechinus - Pseudantechinus bilarni Near Threatened Asia
Fat-tailed Pseudantechinus - Pseudantechinus macdonnellensis Least Concern Asia
Carpentarian Pseudantechinus - Pseudantechinus mimulus Endangered Asia More Info
Ningbing Pseudantechinus - Pseudantechinus ningbing Least Concern Asia
Rory's Pseudantechinus - Pseudantechinus roryi Least Concern Asia More Info
Woolley's Pseudantechinus - Pseudantechinus woolleyae Least Concern Asia
Tasmanian Devil - Sarcophilus harrisii Endangered Asia image More Info
Kangaroo Island Dunnart - Sminthopsis aitkeni Critically Endangered Asia
Chestnut Dunnart - Sminthopsis archeri Asia
Kakadu Dunnart - Sminthopsis bindi Least Concern Asia
Butler's Dunnart - Sminthopsis butleri Vulnerable Asia
Fat-tailed Dunnart - Sminthopsis crassicaudata Least Concern Asia image More Info
Little Long-tailed Dunnart - Sminthopsis dolichura Least Concern Asia
Julia Creek Dunnart - Sminthopsis douglasi Near Threatened Asia
Sooty Dunnart - Sminthopsis fuliginosus Asia
Gilbert's Dunnart - Sminthopsis gilberti Least Concern Asia
White-tailed Dunnart - Sminthopsis granulipes Least Concern Asia
Grey-bellied Dunnart - Sminthopsis griseoventer Least Concern Asia
Hairy-footed Dunnart - Sminthopsis hirtipes Least Concern Asia
White-footed Dunnart - Sminthopsis leucopus Vulnerable Asia
Long-tailed Dunnart - Sminthopsis longicaudata Least Concern Asia
Stripe-faced Dunnart - Sminthopsis macroura Least Concern Asia
Common Dunnart - Sminthopsis murina Least Concern Asia
Ooldea Dunnart - Sminthopsis ooldea Least Concern Asia
Sandhill Dunnart - Sminthopsis psammophila Endangered Asia
Red-cheeked Dunnart - Sminthopsis virginiae Least Concern Asia Asia
Lesser Hairy-footed Dunnart - Sminthopsis youngsoni Least Concern Asia

Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Kultarr - Antechinomys laniger profile Photos Least Concern Asia
The kultarr is found in Northern Australia, Western Australia, and New South Wales.
Source: Animal Diversity Web   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Kultarr - Antechinomys laniger profile Photos Least Concern Asia
The kultar has large ears, long legs, and a long tail with a tuft of fur on the end.
Source: New South Wales Government  Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Agile Antechinus - Antechinus agilis profile Photos Least Concern Asia
The agile antechinus is found in Australia.
Source: Atlas of Living Australia  Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Fawn Antechinus - Antechinus bellus profile Photos Least Concern Asia
The fawn antechinus is found in the Northern Territory in Australia.
Source: Atlas of Living Australia  Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Yellow-footed Antechinus - Antechinus flavipes profile Photos Least Concern Asia
The yellow-footed antechinus is found in Australia.
Source: Brain Museum  Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Yellow-footed Antechinus - Antechinus flavipes profile Photos Least Concern Asia
The yellow-footed antechinus is the siz of a small rat.
Source: Queensland Government  Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Brown Antechinus - Antechinus stuartii profile Photos Least Concern Asia
The brown antechinus is found in Australia.
Source: Australian Museum  Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Brown Antechinus - Antechinus stuartii profile Photos Least Concern Asia
The brown antechinus male has a lifespan of around a year. It dies a month after mating.
Source: BBC  Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Brown Antechinus - Antechinus stuartii profile Photos Least Concern Asia
The brown antechinus is found in forests with dense ground cover and lots of fallen trees that it can use for nests.
Source: Animal Diversity Web   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Subtropical Antechinus - Antechinus subtropicus profile Photos Least Concern Asia
The subtropical antechinus is found in forests on the coast from southeastern Queensland to northeastern New South Wales, Australia.
Source: Queensland Museum  Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Dusky Antechinus - Antechinus swainsonii profile Least Concern Asia
The dusky antechinus is found in southeastern Australia, including on the island of Tasmania.
Source: Animal Diversity Web   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Dusky Antechinus - Antechinus swainsonii profile Photos Least Concern Asia
The dusky antechinus locates its prey by smell.
Source: Museum Victoria  Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Dusky Antechinus - Antechinus swainsonii profile Photos Least Concern Asia
The dusky antechinus is nocturnal.
Source: Tazmania Online  Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Crest-tailed Mulgara - Dasycercus cristicauda profile Photos Video Least Concern Asia
The crest-tailed mulgara is found  in the inland deserts of central Australia.
Source: Arkive   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Crest-tailed Mulgara - Dasycercus cristicauda profile Photos Least Concern Asia
The crest-tailed mulgara lives in borrows in the sand.
Source: Animal Diversity Web   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Kowari - Dasyuroides byrnei profile Vulnerable Asia
The Kowari is found in southeastern Queensland and northern South Australia in Australia.
Source: Queensland Government   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Kowari - Dasyuroides byrnei profile Photos Video Vulnerable Asia
The Kowari looks like a rat. It has a pointed snout and a bushy black tip on its tail.
Source: Arkive   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Kowari - Dasyuroides byrnei profile Photos Vulnerable Asia
The Kowari is found in grasslands and deserts.
Source: Konica Minolta   Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary School Teacher Section: No

Kowari - Dasyuroides byrnei profile Vulnerable Asia
The Kowari is mostly nocturnal, but it can be active in the early morning.
Source: Animal Diversity Web   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

New Guinea Quoll - Dasyurus albopunctatus profile Photos Video Near Threatened Asia Asia
The New Guinea quoll is foundin Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
Source: Arkive   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Western Quoll - Dasyurus geoffroii profile Photos Near Threatened Asia
The western quoll is found in southwestern Western Australia in Australia.
Source: Animal Diversity Web   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Western Quoll - Dasyurus geoffroii profile Photos Near Threatened Asia
The western quoll was once found across most of Australia.
Source: Western Springs Desert Park   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Western Quoll - Dasyurus geoffroii profile Photos Near Threatened Asia
The western quoll is also known as the chuditch.
Source: Perth Zoo   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Western Quoll - Dasyurus geoffroii profile Photos Video Near Threatened Asia
The western quoll is solitary and nocturnal.
Source: Arkive  Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Northern Quoll - Dasyurus hallucatus profile Photos Endangered Asia Asia
The northern quoll is found along the northern Australian coast.
Source: Animal Diversity Web   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Northern Quoll - Dasyurus hallucatus profile Photos Video Endangered Asia Asia
Male northern quolls usually die after their first mating season.
Source: Arkive  Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Northern Quoll - Dasyurus hallucatus profile Photos Endangered Asia Asia
The northern quoll is the smallest quoll species. It is the size of a small cat.
Source: Perth Zoo  Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Northern Quoll - Dasyurus hallucatus profile Video Endangered Asia Asia
The northern quoll is threatened by cane toads.
Source: ABC News, Australia Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Northern Quoll - Dasyurus hallucatus profile Photos Endangered Asia Asia
The northern quoll is also called the northern Australian native cat, northern native cat, satanellus, and njanmak. 
Source: Wildlife Queensland   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Northern Quoll - Dasyurus hallucatus profile Photos Endangered Asia Asia
The northern quoll was once found across much of northern Australia.
Source: Territory Wildlife Park   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Spotted-tailed Quoll - Dasyurus maculatus profile Photos Near Threatened Asia
The spotted-tailed quoll is found along the eastern Australian coast from Queensland to Victoria. It is also found in Tasmania.
Source: Animal Diversity Web   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Spotted-tailed Quoll - Dasyurus maculatus profile Photos Video Near Threatened Asia
The spotted-tailed quoll is the largest species of quoll.
Source: Arkive   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Spotted-tailed Quoll - Dasyurus maculatus profile Photos Near Threatened Asia
The spotted-tailed quoll is solitary and nocturanl.
Source: Tasmania Online  Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Spotted-tailed Quoll - Dasyurus maculatus profile Photos Audio Near Threatened Asia
The spotted-tailed quoll is an opportunistic predator and scavenger.
Source: Wildlife Queensland   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Eastern Quoll - Dasyurus viverrinus profile Photos Video Near Threatened Asia
The eastern quoll is found in Tasmania.
Source: Arkive   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Eastern Quoll - Dasyurus viverrinus profile Near Threatened Asia
Eastern Quolls live in rainforests, woodlands, and closed forests.
Source: Animal Diversity Web   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Eastern Quoll - Dasyurus viverrinus profile Photos Near Threatened Asia
The eastern quoll can be sandy brown, brown, or black with white spots.
Source: Tasmania Online  Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Eastern Quoll - Dasyurus viverrinus profile Photos Near Threatened Asia
The eastern quoll was once found on mainland Australia.
Source: Australian Geographic  Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section:No

Wallace's Three-striped Dasyure - Myoictis wallacei Least Concern Asia Asia
Wallace's three-striped dasyure is found in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
Source: Arkive   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Southern Ningaui - Ningaui yvonneae profile Least Concern Asia
The southern ningaui is found in semi-arid regions of southern Australia.
Source: New South Wales Government  Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Southern Ningaui - Ningaui yvonneae profile Photos Least Concern Asia
The southern ningaui is nocturnal and preys on arthropods and small lizards.
Source: Animal Diversity Web   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Dibbler - Parantechinus apicalis Photos Endangered Asia
The dibbler is found in Western Australia, Australia.
Source: Arkive   Intended Audience: Genera profilel Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Northern Brush-tailed Phascogale - Phascogale pirata profile Photos Vulnerable Asia
The northern brush-tailed phascogale is found in the Northern Territory, Queensland, and Western Australia in Australia.
Source: Animal Diversity Web   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Brush-tailed Phascogale - Phascogale tapoatafa profile Photos Near Threatened Asia
The brush-tailed phascogale is found along the coast in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, Australia and along the coast in Western Australia, Australia.
Source: Arkive   Intended Audience: Genera profilel Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Common Planigale - Planigale maculata profile Photos Least Concern Asia
The common planigale is found in northern Western Australia, Northern Territory, and eastern Queensland..
Source: Arkive   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Narrow-nosed Planigale - Planigale tenuirostris profile Least Concern Asia
The narrow-nosed planigale is found in the interior of eastern Australia.
Source: Animal Diversity Web   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Carpentarian Pseudantechinus - Pseudantechinus mimulus profile Photos Endangered Asia
The Carpentarian pseudantechinus is found in the Northern Territory and in Queensland, Australia.
Source: Arkive   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Rory's Pseudantechinus - Pseudantechinus roryi profile Photos Least Concern Asia
Rory's pseudantechinus is found in Western Australia, Australia.
Source: Arkive   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Tasmanian Devil - Sarcophilus harrisii profile Photos Endangered Asia
The Tasmanian devil is found in Tasmania.
Source: Animal Diversity Web   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Tasmanian Devil - Sarcophilus harrisii profile Photos Video Endangered Asia
The Tasmanian devil is the largest carnivorous  marsupial.
Source: Arkive  Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Tasmanian Devil - Sarcophilus harrisii profile Photos Video Audio Endangered Asia
The Tasmanian devil was once found on mainland Australia.
Source: Tasmania Park and Wildlife Service  Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Tasmanian Devil - Sarcophilus harrisii profile Photos Audio Endangered Asia
The Tasmanian devil lets loose with blood-curdling screeches and snarls when it feels threatened or when it is fights over food.
Source: National Geographic   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Tasmanian Devil - Sarcophilus harrisii profile Photos Audio Endangered Asia
The Tasmanian devil can travel up to ten miles every night in search of food.
Source: San Diego Zoo   Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Tasmanian Devil - Sarcophilus harrisii profile Photos Video Endangered Asia
Facial cancer has cut the number of Tasmanian devils in the wild by 60% in the last few years.
Source: BBC   Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Fat-tailed Dunnart - Sminthopsis crassicaudata profile Least Concern Asia
The fat-tailed dunnart is nocturnal.
Source: Animal Diversity Web   Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes