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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 6

3. Phascogale Penicillata. — Brush-tailed Phascogale

3. Phascogale Penicillata.

Brush-tailed Phascogale.

This species, nearly allied to P. calura is, no doubt, still more widely distributed. It is occasionally found in the neighbour- page 9 hood of Sydney, and extends its range right across the continent to the west coast. On the Murray River, it is exceedingly rare; the only specimen I found was secured in the neighbourhood of Mount Hope. I have subsequently received specimens through the natives, when at Port Lincoln; and examined some which had been captured at Albany on King George's Sound, and have found them to be identical with the original Tapoa-Tafa of White.

The only female specimen I saw had no pouch, but 10 teats covered with long hair. I suspect that, as in the other species, a large number of young is brought forth; but how many reach maturity must yet be left to be determined.