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Cladosictis

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Theria
Infraclassis: Marsupialia
Ordo: †Sparassodonta
Familia: Hathliacynidae
Genus: Cladosictis
Species: C. lustratus

Cladosictis is an extinct genus of South American marsupial.

It was an otter-like creature of about 80 cm (2 ft 8 in) long. Its body and tail were long, the limbs were short. Cladosictis probably hunted small creatures in low undergrowth, using its low posture for cover. Possibly, it also stole bird and reptile eggs. With sharp canines and slicing carnassials, Cladosictis's teeth were similar to those of modern carnivorans, although the groups were unrelated.[2]

References

1. ^ http://www.helsinki.fi/~mhaaramo/metazoa/deuterostoma/chordata/synapsida/metatheria/notometatheria/sparassodonta/hathliacynidae.html
2. ^ Palmer, D., ed (1999). The Marshall Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals. London: Marshall Editions. pp. 202–203. ISBN 1-84028-152-9.

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