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Temporal range: 0.7–0 Ma
Middle Pleistocene – Recent
Scientific classification edit
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Mammalia
Infracless: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Faimily: Phascolarctidae
Genus: Phascolarctos
Species: P. cinereus
Binomial name
Phascolarctos cinereus
(Goldfuss, 1817)
Koala range (red – native, purple – introduced)
  • Lipurus cinereus Goldfuss, 1817
  • Marodactylus cinereus Goldfuss, 1820
  • Phascolarctos fuscus Desmarest, 1820
  • Phascolarctos flindersii Lesson, 1827
  • Phascolarctos koala J.E. Gray, 1827
  • Koala subiens Burnett, 1830

The koala (Phascolarctos cinereus or inaccurately, koala bear[a]) is an arboreal yerbivorous marsupial hamelt in Austrailie. It is the anly livin representative o the faimily Phascolarctidae, an its closest livin relatives are the wombats.[3] The koala is foond in coastal auries o the mainland's eastren an soothren regions, inhabitin Queensland, New Sooth Wales, Victoria an Sooth Austrailie. It is easily recognisable bi its stout, tailless body; roond, fluffy lugs; an muckle, spoon-shaped neb. The koala haes a body lenth o 60–85 cm (24–33 in) an weighs 4–15 kg (9–33 lb). Pelage colour ranges frae siller grey tae chocolate broun. Koalas frae the northren populations are teepically smawer an lichter in colour than thair coonterpairts further sooth. It is possible that these populations are separate subspecies, but this is disputit.

Notes[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Koala bear is a common term ootside o Austrailie, tho koalas are marsupials, nae beirs.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "Phascolarctos cinereus". IUCN Reid Leet o Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. Internaitional Union for Conservation o Naitur. 2008. Retrieved 8 Mairch 2013. Cite has empty unkent parameter: |last-author-amp= (help)CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. Moyal, p. 45.
  3. a b Groves, C. P. (2005). "Order Diprotodontia". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M (eds.). Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 43. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)