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Phalangerida is one of the two former suborders of the large marsupial order Diprotodontia. This large and diverse suborder included kangaroos, wallabies, quokkas, possums, gliding possum-like marsupials and others. The much smaller suborder Vombatiformes encompasses only the koalas and wombats. This suborder is no longer considered to accurately describe the diversity in Diprotodontia.

Phalangerida
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Ground cuscus
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Phalangerida
Families

Phalangeridae: brushtail possums and cuscuses
Burramyidae: pygmy possums
Tarsipedidae: Honey possum
Petauridae: (Striped possum, Leadbeater's possum, and gliders)
Pseudocheiridae: ringtailed possums and allies
Potoridae: bettongs, potaroos and rat kangaroos
Acrobatidae: (Feathertail glider and Feathertail possum)
Hypsiprymnodontidae: Musky rat-kangaroo
Macropodidae: kangaroos, wallabies and allies

Phalangeriformes has come to replace Phalangerida but does not include the potoroos (Potoroidae), kangaroos and wallabies (Macropodidae) or the musky rat-kangaroo (Hypsiprymnodontidae). These families are now placed in a new suborder named Macropodiformes.

ReferencesEdit

Kear, B.P. & Cooke, B.N., 2001:12!20. A review of macropodoid systematics with the inclusion of a new family. Memoirs of the Association of Australasian Palaeontologists 25, 83-101. ISSN 0810-8889