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[[Also]] sometimes called the [[Brush]]-tailed [[Marsupial]] [[Mouse]] or the [[Red-tailed]] Wambenger, Its [[Scientific Name]] is [[Phascogale]] calura The [[Red-tailed]] [[Phascogale]] [[Lives]] in [[Trees]] ([[Arboreal]]) and [[Moves]] around mainly at [[Night]] ([[Nocturnal]]) Though it is a great leaper and climber in [[Trees]], it forages for [[Food]] mainly on the [[Ground]]  
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Also sometimes called the [[brush]]-tailed [[marsupial]] [[mouse]] or the [[red-tailed]] Wambenger, Its [[scientific Name]] is [[phascogale]] calura The [[red-tailed]] [[phascogale]] [[lives]] in [[trees]] (arboreal) and [[moves]] around mainly at [[night]] (nocturnal) Though it is a great leaper and climber in [[trees]], it forages for [[food]] mainly on the [[ground]]  
  
 
  DESCRIPTION
 
  DESCRIPTION
They are a lightweight [[Marsupial]] (35 to 70 [[Grams]]) and in [[Length]] are around 100mm ([[Body]] +head) with a [[Tail]] around 140mm [[Long]] The [[Red-tailed]] [[Phascogale]] have ashy [[Grey]] [[Fur]], with a [[Cream]] to [[White]] underbelly Their [[Name]] obviously [[Comes]] from the [[Red]] coloured [[Upper]] [[Half]] [[Off]] their [[Tail]] whilst the lower [[Half]] has some [[Black]] [[Hairs]] [[But]] not as [[Bushy]] as the [[Brush]] tailed [[Phascogale]]  
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They are a lightweight [[marsupial]] (35 to 70 grams) and in [[length]] are around 100mm ([[body]] head) with a [[tail]] around 140mm [[long]] The [[red-tailed]] [[phascogale]] have ashy [[grey]] [[fur]], with a [[cream]] to [[white]] underbelly Their name obviously [[comes]] from the [[red]] coloured [[upper]] [[half]] off their [[tail]] whilst the lower [[half]] has some [[black]] [[hairs]] but not as [[bushy]] as the [[brush]] tailed [[phascogale]]  
  
LOCATION & [[Habitat]]
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LOCATION
Only found in [[Small]] [[Populations]] in [[South]] [[Western australia]],
 
it [[Lives]] in [[Trees]], normally [[Hollow]]-forming [[Eucalyptus]] [[Species]] such as wandoo which it [[Uses]] for [[Shelter]] .. It seems that most [[Places]] where the [[Red-tailed]] [[Phascogale]] is found have not been burned for 20 [[Years]] so [[There]] is a [[Good]] [[Number]] of [[Large]] [[Hollow]] [[Trees]] providing [[Potential]] [[Nest]] [[Sites]] and plenty of dense [[Foliage]] for [[Protection]] and foraging. .
 
 
 
NESTING
 
The [[Red-tailed]] [[Phascogale]] [[Live]] in [[Hollow]] [[Tree]] [[Trunks]] (often Wandoo and Eucalypt) which [[Provide]] [[Nests]] which they [[Line]] with [[Grass]] and [[Feathers]], in [[Small]] communal nesting [[Groups]], which they [[Shelter]] in during the [[Day]].
 
 
 
 
 
[[Reproduction]]
 
[[Sexual]] [[Maturity]] is reached at about [[Twelve]] months. [[Mating]] [[Takes]] [[Place]] in May and [[June]] and shortly after [[Mating]] all [[Males]] [[Die]] (the [[Reason]] for [[Death]] is thought to be that the [[Males]] [[Put]] so much [[Into]] [[Breeding]] that their [[Immune systems]] fail and they succumb to stress-related [[Illnesses]] and [[Die]]) [[Female]] [[Red-tailed]] phascogales can [[Live]] for 2-3 [[Years]] The [[Gestation Period]] is roughly 28 to 30 days. [[There]] are 3 to 8 [[Young]] per [[Litter]], and 1 [[Litter]] per [[Year]] The [[Young]] are weaned [[Within]] 3 months and [[Leave]] the [[Nest]] by the [[End]] of [[Summer]] ([[March]], April)
 
 
 
[[Feeding]]
 
Though an agile climber [[Red-tailed]] [[Phascogale]] [[Finds]] most of its [[Food]] - [[Small]] [[Vertebrates]], ([[Birds]] & [[Mammals]] & mice) and larger [[Arthropods]] ([[Insects]] & [[Spiders]]) - on the [[Ground]]. It [[Does]] not [[Drink]] because it [[Gets]] all its moisture from its [[Food]].
 
 
 
[[Decline]]
 
[[There]] are 3 [[Main]] [[Reasons]] [[Why]] the [[Red-tailed]] [[Phascogale]] has declined
 
1) [[Habitat]] loss and breaking [[Up]] of its [[Forests]] ([[Bush]]) from clearing for [[Agriculture]]
 
2) [[Predation]] by [[Foxes]] and [[Cats]]
 
3) [[Fires]] that clear out their [[Habitat]] as their [[Nest]] [[Sites]] are in highly [[Flammable]] [[Vegetation]] ([[Grass]]-[[Trees]], rock-oaks, Eucalypt)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In [[Victoria]] they are [[Knows]] as Tuan [[While]] in [[Western australia]] they are [[Also]] called Common Wambengers The [[Brush]]-tailed [[Phascogale]] [[Scientific Name]] is [[Phascogale]] tapoataf a "nocturnal, [[Arboreal]], [[Carnivorous]] [[Marsupial]] of the [[Family]] Dasyuridae" [[Like]] the [[Red-tailed]] [[Phascogale]] the [[Brush]]-tailed [[Phascogale]] is very agile in [[Trees]] though its [[Brush]]-tipped [[Tail]] is not used for clinging to [[Branches]] (prehensile) They are a very [[Solitary]] living [[Animal]]
 
 
 
DESCRIPTION
 
Their [[Fur]] is a bluish [[Deep]] [[Grey]] with pale [[Cream]] underneath and [[Large]] [[Ears]] with [[No]] [[Fur]] on them. They are bigger than the [[Red-tailed]] [[Phascogale]] sometimes [[Being]] over 400mm [[Total]] [[Length]] ([[Head]], [[Body]] & [[Tail]]) and [[Weigh]] around 230 [[Grams]] for [[Males]] and 150 [[Grams]] for [[Females]]
 
 
 
LOCATION & [[Habitat]]
 
In [[Victoria]] the [[Brush]]-tailed [[Phascogale]] or Tuan is found in [[Box]] -Ironbark [[Forests]]. [[Elsewhere]] their [[Distribution]] is patchy across [[Australia]] ([[See]] map)
 
 
 
[[Feeding]]
 
[[Brush]]-tailed Phascogales [[Being]] [[Arboreal]] ([[Tree]] dwellers) they [[Eat]] [[Insects]], [[Spiders]], [[Ants]], [[Beetles]], centipedes [[Even]] [[Cockroaches]], mainly found on [[Trunks]] and [[Branches]] of rough-barked [[Trees]] and fallen [[Logs]], usually during the [[Night]]. Eucalypt [[Nectar]] sometimes is [[Also]] eaten
 
 
 
NESTING
 
Its nesting [[Habitats]] are [[Similar]] to the [[Red-tailed]] [[Phascogale]], nesting by [[Day]] in a leaf-lined [[Nest]] in a [[Tree]]-hole
 
 
 
[[Breeding]]
 
The [[Brush]] tailed [[Phascogale]] [[Reproduction]] [[Cycle]] is [[Similar]] to the [[Red]] tailed [[Phascogale]] The [[Brush]] tailed [[Phascogale]] [[Becomes]] sexually [[Mature]] at the [[Age]] of one and [[Mating]] occurs around [[June]] One [[Month]] later 3 to 8 [[Young]] are [[Born]] which then [[Attach]] themselves to the 8 available [[Teats]] The [[Mother]] carries them around for about six weeks. [[She]] [[Cares]] for them by [[Herself]] as the [[Male]] [[Dies]] soon after [[Breeding]] The Juveniles remain in the [[Nest]] until [[Summer]] [[Time]]
 
 
 
[[Decline]]
 
In [[Victoria]] the [[Decline]] of the Tuan (the [[Brush]]-tailed [[Phascogale]]) has been due to the [[Following]] [[Factors]]
 
1) Loss of [[Habitat]] due to - [[Farming]] - [[Gold]] mining - Forestry [[Industries]] - Urban [[Growth]]
 
2) [[Competition]] for [[Tree]] [[Hollows]] from other [[Animals]] such as [[Sugar]] Gliders and [[Bees]]
 
3) [[Predation]] by [[Introduced Species]] ([[Cats]] and [[Foxes]])
 
4) [[Predation]] by [[Indigenous]] [[Species]] (Goannas & [[Powerful]] [[Owls]])
 
5) Roadkills
 
6) The [[Death]] of [[Males]] after [[Breeding]]
 
7) [[Bush]] [[Fires]] clearing out suitable [[Habitats]]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
[[Links]] ..... Perth Zoo on [[Brush]] Tailed Phascogales
 
 
 
................................................. [[Animal]] Info - [[Red]] Tailed [[Phascogale]]
 
 
 
................................................. NSW National [[Parks]] PDF [[File]] on [[Brush]] tailed
 
 
 
................................................. CALM [[Western]] Australian PDF [[File]] on [[Red]] tailed
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Latest revision as of 08:57, 19 April 2007

Also sometimes called the brush-tailed marsupial mouse or the red-tailed Wambenger, Its scientific Name is phascogale calura The red-tailed phascogale lives in trees (arboreal) and moves around mainly at night (nocturnal) Though it is a great leaper and climber in trees, it forages for food mainly on the ground

DESCRIPTION

They are a lightweight marsupial (35 to 70 grams) and in length are around 100mm (body head) with a tail around 140mm long The red-tailed phascogale have ashy grey fur, with a cream to white underbelly Their name obviously comes from the red coloured upper half off their tail whilst the lower half has some black hairs but not as bushy as the brush tailed phascogale

LOCATION