Narrow-nosed planigale

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Narrow-nosed planigale[1]
Planigale tenuirostris.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Dasyuromorphia
Family: Dasyuridae
Genus: Planigale
Species: P. tenuirostris
Binomial name
Planigale tenuirostris
Troughton, 1928
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Narrow-nosed planigale range

The narrow-nosed planigale (Planigale tenuirostris) is a species of very small marsupial carnivore of the family Dasyuridae.


The narrow-nosed planigale was described by Ellis Le Geyt Troughton in 1928, separating it from the common planigale (P. maculata) with which it had previously been associated. The scientific name for the species means "slender-snouted flat-weasel".[3]


The narrow-nosed planigale differs from other planigales in its more rufous colouring and smaller size – only the long-tailed planigale is smaller. It is an active hunter of various invertebrates,[4] including beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, spiders and moths and is known as a fearless and pugnacious predator.[3] Its flattened head is used as a wedge to prize apart grass stems and turn over leaves in the leaf litter. It will often attack prey larger than itself. It is a nocturnal species and in winter is primarily crepuscular.[3]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The narrow-nosed planigale is found in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Northern Territory in a wide range of inland habitats.[4] It prefers areas with cracked clay soil.


  1. ^ Groves, C. P. (2005). Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M, eds. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 37. OCLC 62265494. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. 
  2. ^ Ellis, M., van Weenen, J. & Burnett, S. (2008). Planigale tenuirostris. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 28 December 2008. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
  3. ^ a b c Read, D. G. (1995). "Narrow-nosed Planigale". In Strahan, Ronald. The Mammals of Australia. Reed Books. pp. 113–115. ISBN 0-7301-0484-2. 
  4. ^ a b Menkhorst, Peter (2001). A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia. Oxford University Press. p. 64. ISBN 0-19-550870-X. 

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