Carnivorous Marsupials

Sarcophilus harrisii taranna

Family Dasyuridae

Ranging in size from the Tasmanian Devil with a head and body length of 65cm (22in) and weighing 9km (20lb) to the Pilbara Ningaui with a head and body length of <6cm (2in) and weighing 9.5gm (0.3oz). Little is known about many of these animals.

Features

Diet: prey depends on the size of the hunter: the Tasmanian Devil feeds on carrion but also on possums and wallabies while the other dasyurids live on small mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, fruits.

Members of this Family are further subdivided into four groupings (subfamilies).


Tasmanian Devil

Number of species: 1

Quolls

Number of species: 4

Mulgara

Number of species: 1

Ampurta

Number of species: 1

Kaluta

Number of species: 1

Kowari

Number of species: 1

Dibblers

Number of species: 2

Pseudantechinuses

Number of species: 4


SubFamily Phascogalinae

Antechinuses

Number of species: 7

Phascogales

Number of species: 2


SubFamily Sminthopsinae

Commonly called marsupial mice.

Dunnarts

Number of species: 19

Kultarr

Number of species: 1


SubFamily Planigalinae

The smallest marsupials.

Planigales

Number of species: 4

Ningauis

Number of species: 3