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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 6

4. Phascogale lanigera. — Woolly Phascogale. — Kultarr (native name.)

4. Phascogale lanigera.

Woolly Phascogale.

Kultarr (native name.)

Two single specimens of this little Phascogale were obtained through the natives at Gol Gol Creek: one a female with 10 teats and 7 young. The hind legs in this species are long and slender, and the natives informed me, that it lived upon the ground, unlike the other species of this genus; most of which are arboreal.

The little creature, which I kept alive for several weeks, was fond of flesh, and, when put into a box with a number of Rodents, attacked the frightened mice immediately.

The natives informed me, that the animal was very rare; in fact, they had a dispute about its name, and called it "Kultarr," just as they did with Phascogale calura, while some asserted they had never seen the animal before.

Though I offered high rewards for another specimen, I did not succeed in procuring any more than these.

This species is also strictly nocturnal in its habits.