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Any of various carnivorous marsupials of the family Dasyuridae of Australia and New Guinea, including marsupial mice and rats, the quolls, and the Tasmanian devil.

[From New Latin Dasyūridae, family name, from Dasyūrus, type genus : Greek dasus, hairy + ourā, tail; see ors- in Indo-European roots.]
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Noun1.dasyurid - small carnivorous nocturnal marsupials of Australia and Tasmania
marsupial, pouched mammal - mammals of which the females have a pouch (the marsupium) containing the teats where the young are fed and carried
Dasyuridae, family Dasyuridae, family Dasyurinae - dasyures; native cats; pouched mice; banded anteaters; Tasmanian devils
dasyure - any of several more or less arboreal marsupials somewhat resembling martens
Tasmanian tiger, Tasmanian wolf, thylacine, Thylacinus cynocephalus - rare doglike carnivorous marsupial of Tasmania having stripes on its back; probably extinct
Sarcophilus hariisi, Tasmanian devil, ursine dasyure - small ferocious carnivorous marsupial having a mostly black coat and long tail
marsupial mouse, marsupial rat, pouched mouse - any of numerous small sharp-nosed insectivorous marsupials superficially resembling mice or rats
banded anteater, Myrmecobius fasciatus, numbat, anteater - small Australian marsupial having long snout and strong claws for feeding on termites; nearly extinct
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Diet overlap and relative abundance of sympatric dasyurid carnivores: a hypothesis of competition.
Dr Diana Fisher of the University of Queensland has worked extensively with dasyurid marsupials (most of Australia's carnivorous marsupials are classified as dasyurid), including antechinuses and phascogales, and is doubtful many native species would make good pets.
1 n/a Small Dasyurid 6 n/a White-footed Dunnart, Sminthopsis leucopus 1 1 Little Pygmy-possum, Cercartetus lepidus 1 1 Long-tailed mouse, Pseudomys higginsi 3 1 New Holland Mouse, Pseudomys novaehollandiae 1 1 Broad Toothed Rat, Mastacomys fuscus 3 1 28 3 Swamp Rat, Rattus lutreolus 2 1 Indeterminate murid 4 n / a 34 n / a Indeterminate small mammal 20 n / a 79 n / a Indeterminate small/ 19 n / a medium mammal Medium Taxa 5.