Diprotodon optatum Owen 1838 (diprotodont marsupial)

Mammalia - Diprotodontia - Diprotodontidae

Synonyms: Diprotodon annextans McCoy 1861, Diprotodon australis Owen 1844, Diprotodon bennettii Krefft 1873, Diprotodon loderi Krefft 1873, Diprotodon longiceps McCoy 1865, Diprotodon minor Huxley 1862

Belongs to Diprotodon according to G. J. Price 2008

See also Longman 1924 and Lydekker 1894

Sister taxa: none

Type specimens:

  • Diprotodon optatum: BM10796, a mandible (Right dentary fragment). Its type locality is Wellington Caves, which is in a Pliocene/Pleistocene terrestrial horizon in Australia.
  • Diprotodon annextans:
  • Diprotodon australis: Its type locality is Wellington Caves, which is in a Pliocene/Pleistocene terrestrial horizon in Australia.
  • Diprotodon bennettii: Its type locality is Mendooran, which is in a Pleistocene terrestrial horizon in Australia.
  • Diprotodon loderi: Its type locality is Murrurundi, which is in a Pleistocene terrestrial horizon in Australia.
  • Diprotodon longiceps: Its type locality is Lake Colac, which is in a Pleistocene terrestrial horizon in Australia.
  • Diprotodon minor:

Ecology: scansorial omnivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of Australia (9 collections)

• Pliocene to Pleistocene of Australia (2)

• Miocene to Holocene of Australia (1)

Total: 12 collections each including a single occurrence

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