Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 3rd ed., vols. 1 & 2
Johns Hopkins University Press
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Comments: Recognized as an order by Aplin and Archer (1987) who proposed a new syncretic classification of the marsupials. Includes the Australian component of Marsupicarnivora (see Ride, 1964b). Some authors include Thylacinidae and Myrmecobiidae in the Dasyuridae (Vaughan, 1978:39); but Ride (1964b), Archer and Kirsch (1977), Kirsch and Calaby (1977:15), and Archer (1982) retained three families; their monophyly is supported by DNA sequence studies (Krajewski et al., 2000)
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