Speckled dasyure

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Speckled dasyure
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Dasyuromorphia
Family: Dasyuridae
Subfamily: Dasyurinae
Tribe: Dasyurini
Genus: Neophascogale
Stein, 1933
Species: N. lorentzi
Binomial name
Neophascogale lorentzii
(Jentink, 1911)
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Speckled dasyure range

The speckled dasyure (Neophascogale lorentzii), also known as the long-clawed marsupial mouse, is a member of the Dasyuromorphia order. It is an inhabitant of Papua, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It is the only member of the genus Neophascogale.

Its weight varies between 200 and 250 g; its body length ranges 16–23 cm, and the tail 16-23 cm. As its name suggested, its dark gray fur is speckled with long white hairs. It has short, powerful limbs with long claws on all toes, used to dig for grubs, worms, and similar prey.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Woolley, P., Leary, T., Wright, D., Hamilton, S., Helgen, K., Singadan, R., Dickman, C. & Lunde, D. (2008). Neophascogale lorentzii. 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

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