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marsupial

(Encyclopedia) marsupial märso͞o´pēəl [key], member of the order Marsupialia, or pouched mammals. With the exception of the New World opossums and an obscure S American family (…

duckbill

(Encyclopedia) duckbill, marsupial: see platypus .

numbat

(Encyclopedia) numbat nŭm´băt [key], small marsupial , of SW Australia, also known as the marsupial anteater. The numbat, Myrmecobius fasciatus, resembles a squirrel in…

dasyure

(Encyclopedia) dasyure dăs´ēyo͝or˝ [key], name for several small, predatory marsupials , or pouched mammals, of the family Dasyuridea, found in Australia, Tasmania, and New…

Tasmanian devil

(Encyclopedia) Tasmanian devil, extremely voracious marsupial , or pouched mammal, of the dasyure family, now found only on the island of Tasmania. The Tasmanian devil…

wombat

(Encyclopedia) wombat, shy marsupial of Australia and Tasmania, related to the koala. The wombat is a thick-set animal with a large head, short legs (giving it a shuffling gait…

phalanger

(Encyclopedia) phalanger fəlăn´jər [key], any of the numerous and varied marsupials , or pouched mammals, of the family Phalangeridae, found in Australia, New Guinea, and…

opossum

(Encyclopedia) opossum əpŏs´əm, pŏs´– [key], name for several marsupials , or pouched mammals, of the family Didelphidae, native to Central and South America, with one species…

thylacine

(Encyclopedia) thylacine thī´ləsīn˝ [key] or Tasmanian wolf, carnivorous marsupial , or pouched mammal, of New Guinea, Australia, and Tasmania, presumed extinct since 1936…