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Marsupialia (Marsupials)

  1. David B Croft

Published Online: 21 AUG 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001554



How to Cite

Croft, D. B. 2001. Marsupialia (Marsupials). eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 AUG 2001


There are around 250 species of marsupials found predominantly in Australia and South America. Many are convergent in form to placental mammals but they differ in reproduction, physiology and behaviour offering an alternative view on mammalian adaptation and lifestyles to their more diverse placental counterparts.


  • mammals;
  • marsupials;
  • phylogeny;
  • life history;
  • behaviour