Carnivorous Marsupials and Bandicoots

​​​​​Part of the Polyprotodonta order which includes the Dasyuridae (carnivorous marsupial), Thylacinidae (thylacine) and Peramelidae (bandicoot) families.

In this Topic

  • Bandicoots
    There are nine species of bandicoot in Australia, two of which are now extinct. Many of the others have disappeared from their former range.
  • Dusky Antechinus
    The dusky antechinus are mouse-sized carnivorous marsupials that are greyish-brown to black in colour.
  • Eastern Quoll
    The eastern quoll (or native cat) is either ginger-brown or black with white spots on the body but not the tail.
  • Spotted-tail Quoll
    Spotted-tailed quolls vary from reddish brown to dark chocolate brown with white spots on the body and tail.
  • Swamp Antechinus
    The swamp antechinus is a similar weight to its relative, the dusky antechinus, but is distinguished by its slightly shorter snout.
  • Tasmanian Devil
    The world's largest surviving carnivorous marsupial, the devil has a thick-set, squat build, with a relatively large, broad head and short, thick tail. Devil Facial Tumour Disease threatens the existence of this internationally-recognised icon.
  • Tasmanian Tiger
    The thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger, is one of the most fabled animals in the world. Yet, despite its fame, it is one of the least understood of Tasmania's native animals.
  • Tasmania's Carnivorous Marsupials
    There are over 40 species of carnivorous marsupials - six are found in Tasmania.
  • White-footed Dunnart
    This small (20-30 grams) carnivorous marsupial is one of a dozen or so described species of dunnart occuring in Australia.


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