• WordNet 3.6
    • n Dasyurus type genus of the family Dasyuridae: native cats
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dasyurus The typical genus of the subfamily Dasyurinæ, formerly coextensive with the subfamily, now restricted by the exclusion of Thylacinus and Sarcophilus. The true dasyures of the restricted genus mostly inhabit Australia and Tasmania, where they replace the smaller predatory carnivorous quadrupeds of other countries, such as cats and mustelines and viverrines. There are several species. The dental formula is: 4 incisors in each half of the upper and 3 in each half of the lower jaw; 1 canine, 2; premolars, and 4 molars in each half jaw. The vertebral formula is: cervical, 1; dorsal, 13; lumbar, 6; sacral, 2; caudal, 18 or more. The fore feet are 5-toed, but the hallux is absent from the hind feet.
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In literature:

Dasyurus laniarius, a new species.
"Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Thomas Mitchell
This order includes the pouched marten (Dasyurus) and the pouched wolf (Thylacinus) in Australia.
"The History of Creation, Vol. II (of 2)" by Ernst Haeckel