- another term for quoll
- ‘In Australia the dasyures, small weasellike marsupials, are called ‘native cats’’
- ‘As I'm sure you know, marsupials and higher mammals have parallel evolutionary branches that mirror each other: cats and dasyures, hyenas and Tasmanian devils, wolves and Tasmanian wolves.’
- ‘Dasyures have often been compared to cats. They are about the same size, nocturnal, look slightly similar, and prey on many of the same creatures’
Mid 19th century: from French, from modern Latin dasyurus, from Greek dasus rough, hairy + oura tail.