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Spilocuscus wilsoni

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA DIPROTODONTIA PHALANGERIDAE

Scientific Name: Spilocuscus wilsoni
Species Authority: Helgen & Flannery, 2004
Common Name(s):
English Blue-eyed Spotted Cuscus, Biak Spotted Cuscus

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered A2cd ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Aplin, K. & Helgen, K.
Reviewer(s): Lamoreux, J. & Hilton-Taylor, C. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Critically Endangered because of a continuing drastic population decline, inferred to be more than 80% from the rate and extent of habitat loss in the last 10 years due to massive deforestation on Biak-Supiori and from levels of exploitation.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the islands of Biak and Supiori, in Cenderawasih Bay, Indonesia.
Countries:
Native:
Indonesia
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Population [top]

Population: This species appears to be uncommon. It is known only from two museum specimens and a pet. The last five surveys to Biak have only encountered it as a pet.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It has been recorded in lowland tropical moist forest.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by rapid, ongoing deforestation of suitable habitat, and by hunting for food and collection as a pets by local people.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The island of Supiori is a protected area. Further studies into the distribution, natural history, and threats to this species are needed.

Citation: Aplin, K. & Helgen, K. 2008. Spilocuscus wilsoni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 25 October 2014.
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