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The research marks the first successful sequencing of genes from this carnivorous marsupial, which looked like a large tiger-striped dog and became extinct in 1936.
Successful release of the small carnivorous marsupials was due to a partnership between the Perth Zoo and the Parks and Wildlife team under the new Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
63-81, in: Predators with pouches: The biology of carnivorous marsupials (ME Jones, CR Dickman, and M Archer, eds.
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.
The carnivorous marsupials are in danger of extinction from devil facial tumor disease, a contagious cancer.
Now, sadly, the largest of the world's carnivorous marsupials is gaining notoriety because of declining numbers brought about by a contagious form of cancer called facial tumour disease.
Although these carnivorous marsupials can survive as hunters, they prefer to feed on the carcasses of other creatures, including reptiles and amphibians.