Dunnart

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Dunnart
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white-footed dunnart
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Dasyuromorphia
Family: Dasyuridae
Subfamily: Sminthopsinae
Tribe: Sminthopsini
Genus: Sminthopsis
Thomas, 1887
Type species
Phascogale crassicaudata
Gould, 1844
Species

21, see text

Dunnart is a common name for species of the genus Sminthopsis. narrow-footed marsupials the size of a european mouse. They have a largely insectivorous diet.

Taxonomy[edit]

The genus name Sminthopsis was published by Oldfield Thomas in 1887, the author noting that the name Podabrus that had previously been used to describe the species was preoccupied as a genus of beetles.[1] The type species is Phascogale crassicaudata, published by John Gould in 1844.

There are 21 species, all of which occur in Australia and New Guinea:[citation needed]

The genus is referred to by their common name of dunnarts.

Description[edit]

A male dunnart's Y chromosome is the smallest known mammalian Y chromosome.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Divljan, Anja; Ingleby, Sandy; Parnaby, Harry (6 January 2015). "Taxonomic status of Podabrus albocaudatus Krefft, 1872 and declaration of Sminthopsis granulipes Troughton, 1932 (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae) as a protected name for the White-tailed Dunnart from Western Australia". Zootaxa. 3904 (2): 283–292. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3904.2.7. ISSN 1175-5334.
  2. ^ Toder R.; Wakefield M.J.; Graves J.A.M. (2000). "The minimal mammalian Y chromosome - the marsupial Y as a model system". Cytogenet Cell Genet. 91 (1–4): 285–92. doi:10.1159/000056858. PMID 11173870.

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