Diprotodon minor Huxley, 1862



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Invalid (synonym)





Anatomy & Morphology

A mass of 900kg was given by (Johnson & Prideaux, 2004:557; Johnson, 2006:18).


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Huxley, T. H. (1862). On the premolar teeth of Diprotodon, and on a new species of that genus. Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society 18: 422-427.


Other references:

De Vis CW 1888. On Diprotodon minor- Hux. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 4: 38–44.

Gill, E. D. (1954). The range and extinction of Diprotodon minor Huxley. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria 66: 225-228.

Johnson, Chris N. (2006). Australia's Mammal Extinctions: A 50 000 Year History. Port Melbourne, Victoria: Cambridge University Press. x + 278 pp. [p. 18]

Johnson, Chris N. and Prideaux, Gavin J. (2004). Extinctions of herbivorous mammals in the late Pleistocene of Australia in relation to their feeding ecology: no evidence for environmental change as cause of extinction. Australian Ecology 29: 553-557.

Krefft G 1875. Remarks on the working of the molar teeth of the diprotodons. Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society 31: 317–318.

Longman HA 1924. Some Queensland fossil vertebrates. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 8: 16–28.

Marcus LF 1976. The Bingara fauna, a Pleistocene vertebrate fauna from Murchinson County, New South Wales, Australia. University of California Publications in Geological Sciences 114: 1–146.

Murray, P. F. (1991). The Pleistocene megafauna of Australia, pp. 1071-1164. In: Vickers-Rich P, Monaghan JM, Baird RF, Rich TH eds Vertebrate Palaeontology of Australasia. Melbourne: Pioneer Design Studio & Monash University.

Price, Gilbert J. (2008). Taxonomy and palaeobiology of the largest-ever marsupial, Diprotodon Owen, 1838 (Diprotodontidae, Marsupialia). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 153(2): 389-417.


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