Phascogale Temminck, 1824

Have, Ten, 2015, Taxonomic revision of Phascogale tapoatafa (Meyer, 1793) (Dasyuridae; Marsupialia), including descriptions of two new subspecies and confirmation of P. pirata Thomas, 1904 as a ‘ Top End’ ende, Zootaxa 4055 (1), pp. 1-73: 23

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Phascogale Temminck, 1824


Genus Phascogale Temminck, 1824 

Type species. Didelphis penicillata Shaw, 1800  (in the combination Dasyurus penicillata  ) [= Phascogale tapoatafa ( F. Meyer, 1793)  ] by subsequent monotypy.

Specific content. P. tapoatafa ( Meyer, 1793)  , P. calura Gould, 1844  , and P. pirata Thomas, 1904  .

Generic rediagnosis. Distinguished from all other genera of Phascogalinae by distal portion of tail with discrete brush of long black hairs; inner metatarsal tubercle united with first interdigital pad; outer metatarsal tubercle elongate; pinna with well-developed posterior notch and curled supratragus; bold facial patterning comprised of dark mid-rostral stripe, coronal patch and loreal stripe, and pale preauricular tuft, orbital crescents, cheek patch and supralabial bar; fur on upper chest and throat pure white to hair bases; ventral fur colour paler than dorsum and flanks; enlarged auditory bullae; well-developed maxillonasolabialis  fossa extending onto anterior root of zygomatic arch; I 1 enlarged and procumbent; I 2 moderately to greatly enlarged; upper and lower canines enlarged.

Remarks. Iredale & Troughton (1934) were the first to recognise the combination Phascogale tapoatafa ( Meyer, 1793)  .