General Description

Medium-sized dog-like quadrupedal marsupial with a large head, stiff tail, and dark transverse stripes across its lower back.

Biology

The thylacine was an apex predator commonly referred to as the Tasmanian tiger or marsupial wolf, due to its striped lower back and dog-like appearance. Females had a backwards-facing pouch where they raised litters of up to four young. They were nocturnal (active at night) and crepescular (active during twilight).

Distribution

Formerly mainland Australia and New Guinea, later restricted to Tasmania. Now extinct.

Habitat

Dry forests, wetlands and grasslands.

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