Sarcophilus laniarius laniarius (Owen in Mitchell, 1838)
Great Tasmanian devil
Taxonomy & Nomenclature
Synonym/s: Dasyurus laniarius Owen in Mitchell, 1838 (original combination; Stephenson, 1963:618); Sarcophilus laniaris (Owen in Mitchell, 1838) [orth. error used by Lundelius & Turnbull, 1978:81]
Originally described as Dasyurus laniarius (Owen, 1838), it was recombined as Sarcophilus laniarius by (Owen, 1877; [Lydekker, 1887?]; Lydekker, 1894).
"The range has recently been extended to the Northern Territory by part of a jawbone found west of Oenpelli, just across the East Alligator River."
Biology & Ecology
A C1 (accession # QMF44640) excavated from Darling Downs, southeastern Queensland, may represent either this species or the living S. harrisii (Price & Sobbe, 2005).
F31045 (Dawson, 1985:65)
UCMP45184 (Dawson, 1985:65)
UCMP45182 (Dawson, 1985:65)
BMNH 42555 (Stephenson, 1963:618)
BMNH 42559 (Stephenson, 1963:618)
Original scientific description:
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