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Perameloidea

Members of this superfamily  have retained the incisor formula 5/3 (Polyprotodont) in most genera. They have syndactylism in the hind feet in which skin sheaths enclose the proximal and median phalanges of the 2nd and 3rd digits. Macrotis and Perameles are perameloids which are present in Late Pleistocene faunas of Australia. Ischnodon, an extinct genus, has been found in Pliocene strata in South Australia.

Pig-footed bandicoot (Chaeropus ecaudatus), which hasn't been seen since 1926, and is probably extinct, is probably the most peculiar of all perameloids. The 2 nd and 3 rd digits of the front feet were closely united and of equal length. The nails appearing like a cloven hoof, being of equal length and size.

Sources & Further reading

Tyndale-Biscoe, Hugh, 2005, Life of Marsupials, CSIRO Publishing.

 
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