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Planigale maculata - Gould.jpg
Common planigales
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Dasyuromorphia
Family: Dasyuridae
Subfamily: Sminthopsinae
Tribe: Planigalini
Archer, 1982
Genus: Planigale
Troughton, 1928
Type species
Planigale brunneus
Troughton, 1928
(= Phascogale ingrami Thomas, 1906)

The genus Planigale are small carnivorous marsupials found in Australia and New Guinea. It is the only genus in the tribe Planigalini of the subfamily Sminthopsinae. There are five species:

Species Identification[edit]

Planigales are the smallest of all marsupials with some members of this carnivorous group weighing less than 5 grams. Being small, nocturnal and secretive, they are rarely seen; however, they are generally common in many parts of the arid interior of Western Australia. Their small size and puzzling nature makes them difficult to tell apart, but with recent work being undertaken at the Western Australian Museum on the Planigales collections it has been possible to recognise two species new to science. Although yet to be formally described and published, these species are easiest to tell apart externally by the shape of their footpads, consequently the Museum has taken a series of footpad photos to aid in identification of the species comprising this genus.[1]