Collectively known as marsupials, this superorder is divided into seven distinct orders; Didelphimorphia, Paucituberculata, Microbiotheria, Dasyuromorphia, Peramelemorphia, Notoryctemorphia, and Diprotodontia. Marsupials are pouch-bearing mammals who give birth to underdeveloped offspring. These offspring complete their development within the mother’s pouch. There is great diversity within this order. Forms range from the carnivorous Tasmanian wolf to the herbivorous red kangaroo.
Kangaroos, Wallabies & Possums
There are approximately 120 species found in the order Diprotodontia. Diprodonts are some of the best known marsupials including the kangaroos, wallabies, and possums, to name a few. These pouched mammals used to be lumped with all other pouched mammals into the superorder Marsupialia. Diprotodonts are native to Australia and a few minor areas of Asia.
Tasmanian Devil, Tasmanian Tiger, Numbat, etc.
There are approximately 70 species found in the Order Dasyuridae. These mouse to dog-sized marsupials include dunnarts, quolls, the Tasmanian devil, the numbat and the recently extinct Tasmanian tiger. Dasyuromorphs are thought to be the evolutionary ancestors from which all other Australian families arose.