Short-nosed bandicoot

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Short-nosed bandicoots[1]
Southern Brown Bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus) 2, Vic, jjron, 09.01.2013.jpg
Southern brown bandicoot Isoodon obesulus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Peramelemorphia
Family: Peramelidae
Subfamily: Peramelinae
Genus: Isoodon
(Desmarest, 1817)
Type species
Didelphis obesula
(Shaw, 1797)

The short-nosed bandicoots (genus Isoodon) are members of the order Peramelemorphia. These marsupials can be found across Australia, although their distribution can be patchy.[2] Genetic evidence suggests that short-nosed bandicoots diverged from the related long-nosed species around eight million years ago, during the Miocene epoch, and underwent a rapid diversification around three million years ago, during the late Pliocene.[3]


There are three species in this genus:


  1. ^ Groves, C.P. (2005). "Order Peramelemorphia". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 39. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ "Short-nosed Bandicoots" Atlas of Living Australia
  3. ^ Westerman, M. & Krajewski, C. (2000). "Molecular relationships of the Australian bandicoot genera Isoodon and Perameles (Marsupialia: Peramelina)". Australian Mammalogy. 22 (1): 1–8. doi:10.1071/AM00001. 

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