Brush-tailed phascogale Facts
Phascogale tapoatafa (F. Meyer, 1793), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Tuan, frequent wambenger, black-tailed phascogale.
Length 5.8–10.three in (148–261 mm). Uniform grizzled grey above, cream to white under, with massive, bare ears, and conspicuous black brush tail with hairs up to 2.1 in (55 mm) lengthy.
Mesic coastal and hinterland areas of southeastern and south-western Australia (P. t. tapoatafa). Monsoonal northern Australia (P. t. pirata).
Dry eucalypt forest and woodlands with open under-story in temperate and tropical Australia.
One of most arboreal of the dasyurids; very agile hunter aboveground. Nesting and mating in tree hollows.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Nectar, massive bugs, spiders, and small vertebrates. Forages by tearing away bark and probing into crevices.
Semelparous with full male die-off after a synchronized three-week mating season. Probably promiscuous.
Lower Risk (Least Concern: P. t. tapoatafa and Near Threatened: P. t. pirata).