Phascogale tapoatafa


The Phascogales (members of the eponymous genus Phascogale), also known as Wambengers, are carnivorous Australian marsupials of the family Dasyuridae. There are two species: the Brush-tailed Phascogale (Phascogale tapoatafa) and the Red-tailed Phascogale (Phascogale calura). As with a number of dasyurid species, the males live for only one year, dying after a period of frenzied mating. The term Phascogale was coined in 1824 by Coenraad Jacob Temminck in reference to the Brush-tailed Phascogale, and means "pouched weasel".


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