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Bulungamayinae
Temporal range: Late Oligocene–recent
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Potoroidae
Subfamily: Bulungamayinae
Archer et al, 1821.

Bulungamayinae is a subfamily that allies fossil species of marsupials, showing close morphological features found in the modern potoroines, the bettongs and potoroos of Australia.

The group possess characteristics of their dentition that place them in an alliance with the modern potoroos, smaller long nosed fungivores that dig and burrow. The premolars and incisors resemble the other potoroines, yet the molars accord with the herbivorous macropodids such as the kangaroos. Other characteristics of the ancestral group are found the two divergent families, and they were larger than modern potoroine species at around five to ten kilograms in weight, slightly more than the largest, the species Aepyprymnus rufescens.

The genera within the subfamilial arrangement of Potoroidae may be summarised as follows,

  • subfamily †Palaeopotoroinae
  • subfamily Potoroinae
  • subfamily †Bulungamayinae
  • genus Bulungamaya
  • genus Wabularoo
  • genus Wanburoo
  • genus Nowidgee
  • genus Ganguroo
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