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Mammals are divided into two subclasses based on reproductive techniques: egg laying mammals (the monotremes), and live birth mammals. The second subclass is divided into two infraclasses: pouched mammals (the marsupials) and placental mammals.

Australia is home to two of the five extant species of monotremes and the majority of the world's marsupials (the remainder are from Papua New Guinea, eastern Indonesia and the Americas). The taxonomy is somewhat fluid; this list generally follows Menkhorst and Knight[1] and Van Dyck and Strahan,[2] with some input from the global list, which is derived from Gardner and Groves.[3][4]

This is a sub-list of the list of mammals of Australia.

Conservation status - IUCN Red List of Threatened Species:

EX - Extinct, EW - Extinct in the Wild
CR - Critically Endangered, EN - Endangered, VU - Vulnerable
NT - Near Threatened, LC - Least Concern
DD - Data Deficient, NE - Not Evaluated
(v. 2012.1, the data is current as of June 19, 2012[5])

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Monotremata (monotremes)

Ornithorhynchidae

Tachyglossidae

Marsupialia (marsupials)

Dasyuromorphia (marsupial carnivores)

Thylacinidae

  • Thylacine, Thylacinus cynocephalus EX - extinct

Dasyuridae

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Myrmecobiidae

  • Numbat, Myrmecobius fasciatus EN

Peramelemorphia (bandicoots and bilbies)

Chaeropodidae

Peroryctidae

Peramelidae

Thylacomyidae

Notoryctemorphia (marsupial moles)

Notoryctidae

Diprotodontia

Vombatiformes (wombats and koalas)

Vombatidae
Phascolarctidae
  • Koala, Phascolarctos cinereus LC

Phalangeriformes (possums and gliders)

Phalangeridae
Burramyidae
Tarsipedidae
Petauridae
Pseudocheiridae
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Acrobatidae

Macropodiformes (kangaroos and wallabies)

Hypsiprymnodontidae
Potoroidae
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Macropodidae
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Notes

Extinct

See also

References

  1. ^ Menkhorst, P. and Knight, F. (2001) A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia, Oxford University Press, Melbourne ISBN 0-19-550870-X
  2. ^ Van Dyke, S. and Strahan, R. (eds.) (2008) The Mammals of Australia, Third Edition, New Holland / Queensland Museum, Brisbane ISBN 978-1-877069-25-3
  3. ^ Groves, C. (2005). Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M, eds. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 1–2, 22–70. OCLC 62265494. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. 
  4. ^ Gardner, A. (2005). Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M, eds. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 3–21. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  5. ^ "The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species". International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 

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