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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robinsoni, and some Australasian taxa (e.g., Phascogale tapoatafa, Neophascogale lorentaii), the muscle has only one insertion via a strong tendon onto the pisiform.
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Dr Diana Fisher of the University of Queensland has worked extensively with dasyurid marsupials (most of Australia's carnivorous marsupials are classified as dasyurid), including antechinuses and phascogales, and is doubtful many native species would make good pets.
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