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Pseudochirulus larvatus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA DIPROTODONTIA PSEUDOCHEIRIDAE

Scientific Name: Pseudochirulus larvatus
Species Authority: (Förster & Rothschild, 1911)
Common Name/s:
English Masked Ringtail
Taxonomic Notes: Pseudochirulus larvatus has often been considered to be conspecific with P. forbesi. We follow Groves (2005) in treating P. larvatus as a separate species pending further taxonomic research.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: McKnight, M.
Reviewer/s: Lamoreux, J. & Hilton-Taylor, C. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern because it is widespread and locally abundant, tolerant of some degree of habitat modification, and although this species is affected by hunting, this is not considered to be a major threat to this species. It is of the least conservation concern of all arboreal marsupials in New Guinea because of its high rate of reproduction.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the island of New Guinea, where it occurs from the Star Mountains (Indonesia) in the west through the Central Cordillera to between Wau and the Kratke Mountains in the east (Papua New Guinea). It is also found in the Huon Peninsula and northern coast ranges of Papua New Guinea.
Countries:
Native:
Indonesia; Papua New Guinea
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Population [top]

Population: Flannery (1995) considered it to be abundant in the Telefomin area.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is found in primary and secondary forest. It is the most sexually dimorphic arboreal marsupial in New Guinea. It is highly fecund.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species. It is hunted for food by local people.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in several protected areas. Further studies are needed into the taxonomy and distribution of this species.
Citation: McKnight, M. 2008. Pseudochirulus larvatus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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