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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Dasyuromorpha
Family:Dasyuridae
Genus:Phascogale
Genus species:Phascogale calura

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:93-122 mm
Weight:38-68 g
Identification:The red-tailed wambenger has ashy gray upperparts, white/cream underparts, a darker patch in front of the eye, and reddish ears and tail base. The wambenger has black hairs at the end of the tail.
Habitat:Forests with tall, dense vegetation
Diet:Carnivore: opportunistic; insects, spiders, small birds and mammals
Reproduction:The breeding season falls during three weeks in July. The female gestates 28-30 days and then gives birth to up to 13 young. All males die after mating. Females can live 1-3 years.
Behavior:Red-tailed wambengers are arboreal and nocturnal.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Numbers are dwindling due to introduced predators such as the cat and fox. Remaining populations live in areas that contain plants with a toxin called monosodium fluoroacetate. This toxin is poisonous to nonnative herbivores (sheep, cattle, etc) and nonnative predators that eat any animal that has ingested the toxin. This offers the red-tailed wambenger a bit of protection.

Other Information

Geographic:Central Western Australia
Southern Australia
Date:1971-12 Subjects:Red-tailed phascogale
marsupial
Red-tailed wambenger
Dasyuridae
Dasyuromorphia
Marsupials
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata