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Koala climbing tree.jpg
A koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) climbing a tree in Otway National Park, Victoria, Australia
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Phascolarctidae
Genus: Phascolarctos
Blainville, 1816
  • Lipurus Goldfuss, 1817
  • Morodactylus Goldfuss, 1820
  • Koala Schinz, 1821
  • Draximenus Lay, 1825
  • Liscurus McMurtie, 1834
  • Cundokoala Pledge, 1992

Phascolarctos (from Ancient Greek phaskolos, referring to a pouch or bag, and arktos, meaning "bear") is a genus of marsupials containing only one extant species, the koala (P. cinereus).[1] The genus was named by French zoologist Henri Marie Ducrotay de Blainville in 1816.[2]



  1. ^ a b c d e Talent, John A. (2012). Earth and Life. Springer. p. 1047. ISBN 9789048134281.
  2. ^ de Blainville, Henri (1816). "Prodrome d'une nouvelle distribution systématique du règne animal". Bulletin de la Société Philomáthique, Paris (in French). 8: 113–124.