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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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The White-footed Dunnart Sminthopsis leucopus (Gray, 1842) is a small insectivorous dasyurid marsupial with a sparse and patchy distribution in Tasmania and coastal and near-coastal Victoria and south-eastern New South Wales (NSW), as well as an outlier population in a high elevation climatic refuge in the Wet Tropics of north Queensland (Woinarski et al.
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.
Circadian organization and photoreception in an Australian dasyurid marsupial (Sminthopsis macroura).
In the past this dasyurid marsupial was also present on much of the Australian mainland, but it had almost certainly disappeared when the first Euro-pean colonists arrived, as a result of competition from dingoes (Canis familiaris dingo) introduced by the Aborigines.
For example, in male dasyurid marsupials that have just finished the intense breeding season and shortly before they all die, the HPA axis is resistant to Dex injections (McDonald et al.
While studying dasyurid carnivores in south-east Tasmania, Meena Jones had the opportunity to assess the impact of speed on a population of eastern quolls (Dassyurus viverrinus) and Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus laniarius) when the Cradle Mountain Tourist Road at the northern end of the Cradle Mountain -- Lake St Clair National Park was upgraded.