Sarcophilus laniarius dixonae Werdelin, 1987

Dixon's devil (proposed)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Sarcophilus harrisii dixonae Wendelin, 1987


Conservation Status

Extinct (Werdelin, 1987; Jackson & Groves, 2015:59) or invalid (synonym of S. harrisii) (Groves, 2005; Rose et al., 2017)



Victoria, Australia

Type locality: “Mt. Hamilton”, Victoria


Biology & Ecology




Type locality: Mt. Hamilton, Victoria, Australia






Original scientific description:

Werdelin, L. (1987). Some observations on Sarcophilus laniarius and the evolution of Sarcophilus. Records of the Queen Victoria Museum, Launceston 90: 1-27. [Abstract]


Other references:

Groves, Colin P. (2005). Order Dasyuromorphia, pp. 23-37. In: Wilson, Don E. and Reeder, D. A. (eds ). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 3rd ed. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press.

Jackson, Stephen and Groves, Colin. (2015). Taxonomy of Australian Mammals. Clayton South, Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing. 529 pp. [p. 59]

Piper, Katarzyna J. (2007). Early Pleistocene mammals from the Nelson Bay local fauna, Portland, Victoria, Australia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27(2): 492-503.[492:EPMFTN]2.0.CO;2

Rose, Robert K. et al. (2017). Sarcophilus harrisii (Dasyuromorphia: Dasyuridae). Mammalian Species 49(942): 1-17.


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