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Entrez Taxonomy
Thylacinus cynocephalus is the only member of the Thylacinidae family. It is believed to be extinct, with the last known live animal captured in 1930 and the last captive animal dying in 1936. It resembled a large dog with a stiff tail and had striped markings on its hindquarters, leading to the common name "Tasmanian tiger". Its original habitat stretched from New Guinea through Australia and Tasmania, but indigenous populations and the dingo led to its probable extinction across all of its range, with the exception of Tasmania, by the time of the arrival of European explorers. The animal presented here died in captivity in the Berlin Zoo in 1880. thylacinus-cynocephalus, tasmanian tiger