Dasyurus


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Dasyurus

 

a genus of mammals of the family Dasyuridae. The body measures 25–75 cm in length, and the tail 20–35 cm. The fur is short and thick. The coloration on the back varies from gray-yellow to black-brown with white spots. The rear-opening pouch develops during the breeding season. The genus includes four species, which are distributed in Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea. Members of the genus Dasyurus inhabit forests and open plains and are sometimes encountered in human habitation sites. The animals are active at night and use openings in rocks and tree hollows as shelters. They feed on small vertebrates and invertebrates. The female bears four to eight young. The eastern Australian native cat (Dasyurus quoll) is very rare. Some zoologists ascribe the species of Dasyurus to four different genera while others consider them the only representatives of the genus Myoictis.

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Diet of the eastern native-cat, Dasyurus viverrinus (Shaw), in southern Tasmania.
Ecology of the eastern quoll Dasyurus viverrinus, (Dasyuridae: Marsupialia).
Taxon State 0 State 1 State 2 Felis 40 10 50 Manis 30 13 50 Mus 39 15 46 Sus 36 7 57 Tupaia 30 15 55 Dasyurus 48 11 41 Macropus 48 17 35 Monodelphis 50 12 38 Perameles 45 13 42
Dasyurus viverrinus was the single exception in 55% of the 49 cases.
dasyurus showed intermediate preference choices similar to those of G.
dasyurus exploited 20% each of the leaves and stems.
Comparative Postnatal Ontogeny of the skull in an Australidelphian Metatherian, Dasyurus albopunctatus (Marsupialia: Dasyuromorpha: Dasyuridae).
Though no specific date was given for the thornbill trial, it acted as a precursor for a study undertaken in November 1936, to find the elusive 'native cat' (or Quoll, Dasyurus spp.
Species Common name Scientific name Status (Victoria) Spot-tailed Quoll Dasyurus maculatus Fragmented, endangered Eastern Quoll Dasyurus viverrinus Regionally extinct (extant in Tasmania) Western Quoll Dasyurus geoffroii Regionally extinct (extant in WA where threatened) Tasmanian Devil Sarcophilus harrisii Restricted to (could be Tasmania where considered a threatened top predator) Laughing Dacelo novaegineae Widespread, secure Kookaburra Table 3.
But it is much smaller than members of the genus Dasyurus, in which it was originally placed.
The three smaller and the largest of the four Dasyurus species occurring in Australia were for many years known by the public and zoologists as native cats and Tiger Cat, respectively; see Table 1 (Ramson 1988).
Names for Australian Dasyurus species were recorded as a byproduct of extensive reading of historical sources for other purposes.