Phascogale


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Phascogale

 

a genus of marsupials. The length of the body is up to 22 cm, and the length of the tail is up to 23 cm. The coloration above is gray; there are black markings on the sides of the head. There are two species, distributed in the forests of Australia. The arboreal animals, known as broad-footed pouch mice, are active at twilight and at night. They feed on small vertebrates and insects. The species Phascogale tapoatafa, an animal the size of a squirrel, resembles a small mustelid in its feeding habits. It is distributed in southern Australia.

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Stagwatching has limited application for less common species such as Brush-tailed Phascogale because of the difficulty in predicting where the animals will be, given a multitude of nesting hollows and the animals' propensity to move around (Soderquist et al.
The Brushtailed Phascogale has also been found to be trap-shy (Soderquist et al.
In the FNCV nestbox program in the Graytown area in central Victoria, both Brush-tailed Phascogale (Fig.
Drury R (2014) The Use of Remote Cameras at the Nestboxes of Arboreal Mammals, Brush-tailed Phascogale Phascogale tapoatafa and Sugar Glider Petaurus breviceps in the Rushworth State Forest.
Phascogale tapoatafa, Neophascogale lorentaii), the muscle has only one insertion via a strong tendon onto the pisiform.
By contrast, the three dasyurids examined, the scansorial Myoictis melas (Collins, 1973), the arboreal Phascogale tapoatafa, and the also arboreal Neophascogale lorentzii exhibit flexor pattern L.
TAXA / CHARACTERS 0 1 2 3 4 5 Caluromys lanatus 1 0 1 0 0 0 Chironectes minimus 1 0 0 0 1 0 Didelphis albiventris 0 0 0 0 2 0 Cryptonanus chacoensis 1 0 1 1 1 1 Lutreolina crassicaudata 1 0 0 1 2 0 Marmosa robinsoni 0 0 0 1 0 1 Marmosops fuscatus 1 1 0 1 1 1 Metachirus nudicaudatus 1 0 0 0 0 0 Micoureus constantiae 0 0 0 0 0 0 Monodelphis dimidiata 1 0 0 1 0 1 Myoictis melas 1 0 0 0 1 0 Neophascogale lorentaii 1 0 0 0 0 1 Phalanger orientales 1 0 0 0 1 1 Phascogale tapoatafa 1 0 0 0 0 0 Philander opossum 0 0 0 0 0 0 Thylamys spp.
All the images were analysed twice to identify their contents, with those containing a phascogale or sugar glider then being analysed in more detail.
Other species recorded were Eastern Grey Kangaroo Macropus giganteus (4 trigger events), Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguinea (1), Flame Robin Petroicaphoenieca and a treecreeper in the same trigger event (1) and a sugar glider near a phascogale nest box (1).
Tree of the cameras produced images of animals, two at the Sugar Glider boxes and at one of the Phascogale boxes.
2) shows four phascogale trigger events, on days three, seven and 12.
The Brush-tailed Phascogale has been recorded on a number of Trust for Nature covenants throughout the area.