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mar·su·pi·al

(mar-sū'pē-ăl),
1. A member of the order Marsupalia, which includes such mammals as kangaroos, wombats, bandicoots, and opossums, the female of which has an abdominal pouch for carrying the young.
2. Of or pertaining to marsupials.
[L. marsupium, a pouch]

marsupial

(mär-so͞o′pē-əl)
n.
Any of various nonplacental mammals of the infraclass Metatheria, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas, and typically bearing young that suckle and develop after birth in the mother's pouch. These species were formerly placed in the order Marsupialia.
adj.
1. Of or belonging to the infraclass Metatheria.
2. Relating to or having a marsupium.

marsupial

adjective Referring to a pouch.

noun Any pouched mammal of the order Marsupialia.

marsupial

any member of the subclass Marsupialia (also called Didelphia or Metatheria) containing mammals characterized by the absence of a placenta and the presence of a pouch to which the young, born in an undeveloped state, migrate during early development. The pouch contains the mammary glands, which vary in number between species, and the young complete their development here. The group was at one time widespread, but now is restricted to Australasia and South America. In Australasia, marsupials, free from competition from EUTHERIAN (placental) mammals, have radiated to occupy most niches elsewhere occupied by placental forms.
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2003: Reintroduction of the greater bilby, Macrotis lagotis (Reid) (Marsupialia : Thylacomyidae), to northern South Australia: survival, ecology and notes on reintroduction protocols.--Wildlife Research 30: 15-27.
El patron de los pantoterios y simetrodontos, se complica aun mas en la linea que dio origen a los mamiferos marsupiales (Metathera = Marsupialia en figura 7) y placentarios (Eutheria = Placentalia en figura 7), los cuales tienen masticacion tribosfenica (22, 33), en la cual se dan tres condiciones exclusivas de estos mamiferos: 1.
Marsupialia e o maior e mais diverso grupo dos mamiferos, incluindo, aproximadamente, 262 especies pertencentes a 16 familias (FINNIE, 1986).
Home-range use by the brushtailed phascogale (Phascogale tapoatafa) (Marsupialia) in high-quality, spatially limited habitat.
Comparative analysis of differentially G- and C-stained chromosomes of five species of family Didelphidae (Marsupialia).
Genetic diversity in remnant mainland and "pristine" island populations of three endemic Australian macropodids (Marsupialia): Macropus eugenii, Lagorchestes hirsutus and Petrogale lateralis.
Experimental infection of Australian brushtail possums, Trichosurus vulpecula (Phalangeridae: Marsupialia), with Ross River and Barmah Forest viruses by use of a natural mosquito vector system.
Lundie-Jenkins, G 1993, 'Ecology of the rufous hare-wallaby, Lagorchestes hirsutus Gould (Marsupialia: Macropodidae), in the Tanami Desert, Northern Territory: I.