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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the tribe Dasyurini — the quolls of Australia and New Guinea.


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New Latin, from Ancient Greek δασύς (dasus, "hairy, shaggy, dense") + οὐρά (oura, "tail")


  • The mammals include a number of well-known animals such as the eastern grey kangaroo Macropus giganteus, the red-necked wallaby M. rufogriseus, wallaroo M. robustus, koala Phasocarctos cinereus and wombat Vombatus ursinus, the greater glider Petaurus volans, the squirrel glider P. norfolcensis, mountain brushtailed possum Trichosurus caninus; also the rarer spotted-tailed quoll Dasyurus maculatus (VU), long-nosed potoroo Potorous tridactylus (VU), yellow-bellied glider Petaurus australis and brush-tailed rock wallaby Petrogale penicillata (VU).

    Greater Blue Mountains Area, Australia

  • Of these isolated species, spotted-tailed quoll Dasyurus maculatus, is one of the largest and most ferocious of the carnivorous marsupials.

    Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Site, Australia

  • Three of these species, the Papuan planigale (Planigale novaeguineae), the bronze quoll (Dasyurus spartacus), and the dusky pademelon (Thylogale brunii) are considered vulnerable.

    Trans Fly savanna and grasslands

  • Eastern quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus), Tasmania, Australia.

    Tasmanian temperate forests

  • Several mammal species, including bilby (Macrotis lagotis VU), northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus) and golden bandicoot (Isoodon auratus VU), have declined or disappeared altogether from this ecoregion.

    Victoria Plains tropical savanna

  • Both the spotted-tail (Dasyurus maculatus) and eastern quoll (D. viverrinus) are found here, as are larger herbivores, the red-necked wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus) and the eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus).

    Tasmanian temperate forests

  • Endangered mammals present include the spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus gracilis EN), which may be declining as a result of cane toad (Bufo marinus) expansion.

    Cape York tropical savanna

  • Mammals also include a range of marsupials including at least four species of cuscus, several species of tree kangaroo Dendrolagus spp. and one species of Dasyuridae which is often referred to as the "Tiger cat" Dasyurus albopunctatus. 324 species of reptiles have been identified in the site.

    Lorentz National Park, Indonesia

  • The dusky pademelon (Thylogale bruinji) and New Guinea quoll (Dasyurus albopunctatus) are considered vulnerable.

    Vogelkop-Aru lowland rain forests

  • Although there are no endemic mammals, threatened mammals native to this ecoregion include the kultarr (Antechinomys laniger DD), the spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus VU), bridled nailtail wallaby (Onychogalea fraenata EN), and brush-tailed rock-wallaby (Petrogale penicillata VU).

    Southeast Australia temperate savanna


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