Marsupials

Marsupials - Marsupialia Didelphimorphia (American...

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Marsupialia Didelphimorphia (American opossums) Paucituberculata ("shrew" opossums) Microbiotheria (monito del monte & extinct relatives) Dasyuromorphia (Australasian carnivorous marsupials) Peramelemorphia (bandicoots and bilbies) Notoryctemorphia (marsupial "moles")
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Marsupial Diversity There are about 270 species of marsupial Over 200 of these from Australia and New Guinea The rest South/Central American One species, the Virginian opossum Didelphis virginiana, extends into North America.
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Australian Marsupials Dasyuromorphids: small to medium sized carnivores - 71 living species. Peramelemorphids: They have extremely short gestations (12.5 days) – 24 species. Notoryctids: “moles” – only 2 species.
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Australian Marsupials (cont.) Diprotodonts: They all have a pair of forward pointing incisors. This is a diverse group that includes the possums and gliders, koalas and wombats, and the kangaroo family - 137 species.
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