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( 174 ) XI. Description of tu'o neu' Species of Diclclphis from Van Diemen's Land. By G. P. Harris, Esq. Connnuaicatcd In/ the Right Honourable Sir Joseph Banks, Bart. K.B. Frcs.JLS. H.M.L.S. Read April 21, I8O7. DiDELPHIS CYNOCEPHALA. iJiDELPHis fusco-flavescens supra postice nigro-fasciata, cauda compress^ subtus lateribusque miclei. Tab. XIX. Fig. 1. The length of this animal from the tip of the nose to the end of the tail is 5 feet ]0 inches, of which the tail is about 2 feet. Height of the fore part at the shoulders 1 foot 10 inches — of the hind part 1 foot 11 inches. Head vefy large, bearing a near resemblance to the wolf or hya?na. Eyes large and full, black, with a nictitant membrane, which gives the animal a savage and malicious appearance. Ears rounded, erect, and covered with short hair. Black bristles about 2 inches long on the upper lips, cheeks, eyebrows, and chin. ]\Jouth very large, and extending be^'ond the e3'es. Cut-ting teeth small, obtuse, 8 in the upper jaw, and 6 in the lower. Canine teeth 2 in each jaw, strong, 1 inch long. Twelve molares in the upper jaw and 14 in the lower, of which the four hindmost are trifurcate. The legs are short and thick in proportion to the lengtlrof its body. Fore feet 5-toed, claws black, short, and blunt, with a callous naked heel. Hind feet 4-toed, claws short, covered by tufts of hair extending 1 inch bej'ond them, with a long;

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Description of two new Species of Didelphis from Van Diemen's Land

G P Harris
Transactions of The Linnean Society of London 9: 174-178 (1808)

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