Dasyurids are insectivorous and carnivorous marsupials, that are characterised by teeth that are made for biting and cutting, with 7 pairs of incisors (4 pairs in the upper jaw and 3 pairs in the lower jaw), 4 pairs of well-developed upper and lower molars, and at least 4 non-fused toes on the hind feet and 5 on the front. Australia is home to 60 species, that range from the world’s smallest carnivorous marsupial, the tiny Long-tailed Planigale Planigale ingrami, measuring just 55 mm in body length and 4 grams in weight, to the world-renowned and muscular Tasmanian Devil Sarcophilus harrisii at up to 9 kg and 650 mm.
What does it look like? Generally pale yellowish-brown above, tail with reddish-brown base and latter two-thirds black with a hairy dorsal crest towards tip. Underparts greyish white, female with pouch, limbs short and with five toes on each foot. Ears short and rounded, and snout pointed.
Where is it found? Arid deserts of south-eastern NT, north-eastern SA and far south-western Qld.
What does it look like? Unmistakable. Predominantly black, occasionally with reddish wash, with white patches often present on chest, but may also appear on shoulders and rump, and female with complete, rear-facing pouch. Head wide (wider in males), with large, powerful jaws. Five toes on the front foot and four on the rear. Emits loud, guttural vocalisations.
Where is it found? Once widespread...
What does it look like? Greyish-brown, washed with yellowish on face, with blackish longitudinal line on top of head. Underparts, including feet, white. Tail swollen at base (used as fat storage), and similar in length to head-body.
Where is it found? Throughout arid and semi-arid mainland, from western WA, through inland NT and SA to central and western Qld and north-western NSW.