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Thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus) also known as the Tasmanian tiger or the Tasmanian wolf, is a large carnivorous marsupial native to Tasmania, Australia. They are now extinct due to hunting, habitat loss, disease, English settlements and possibly the introduction of dingo and the last individual died at the Hobart Zoo in 1936. The name thylacine is derived from thýlakos meaning "pouch" and ine meaning "pertaining to", referring to the pouch.
Thylacines look similar to dogs, but with a long, stiff, kangaroo-like tail. They are golden-brown in color with dark stripes along their back and tail (providing the "tiger" nickname) and can also open their jaws very wide. Being a marsupial, thylacines also have a pouch that they use to carry their young.
Thylacine characters in mainstream media
- TY the Tasmanian Tiger.
- Tyrone (TY)
- Brian (Bri)
- Dianne (Di)
- Mascot Mark
- Maw the Thylacine (Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog).
- Burnie (Extinct)
- Kubbadang in Lands of Fire.
- Wendal T. Wolf (Taz-Mania)
Did you know? Thylacines can open their jaws to 180°, the largest of any known mammal.
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