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Related to Dasyuromorphia: family Dasyuridae, dasyurid, Carnivorous marsupial


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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The authors of the present volume followed the arrangement exemplified by the third edition of Mammal species of the world, published in 2005 and distinguished the orders of Didelphimorphia, Paucituberculata, Microbiotheria, Notoryctemorphia, Dasyuromorphia, Peramelemorphia, and Diprotodontia.
Our designated outgroup was the same as that defined by those authors, which includes representatives of the non-didelphimorph marsupial orders Dasyuromorphia, Microbiotheria, Paucituberculata and Peramelemorphia.