Phalanger carmelitae 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Diprotodontia Phalangeridae

Scientific Name: Phalanger carmelitae Thomas, 1898
Common Name(s):
English Mountain Cuscus
French Couscous De Montagne

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2015-06-15
Assessor(s): Leary, T., Singadan, R., Menzies, J., Helgen, K., Wright, D., Allison, A., Salas, L. & Dickman, C.
Reviewer(s): Johnson, C.N. & Hawkins, C.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in protected areas, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category. There is still much remaining habitat for this species, and, although it is affected by habitat loss and hunting, these are not considered to be major threats.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is found in mid-montane areas throughout the central mountain ranges, and Huon Peninsula, of the island of New Guinea (Indonesia and Papua New Guinea). It has been recorded from 1,350 to 3,800 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Indonesia; Papua New Guinea
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1350
Upper elevation limit (metres):3800
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Population [top]

Population:Where it is not hunted it is abundant in suitable habitat.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is found in primary montane tropical oak forest. Females give birth to a single young.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species overall. It is threatened by hunting for food by local people in portions of its range. Significant habitat loss is taking place in parts of the species' range, mostly through deforestation for conversion of land to subsistence agriculture.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in one National Park, several Wildlife Management Areas and the YUS Conservation Area on the Huon Peninsula, where it is common and frequently hunted outside no-take areas. The development of hunting regulations may be needed in other parts of the species' range.

Citation: Leary, T., Singadan, R., Menzies, J., Helgen, K., Wright, D., Allison, A., Salas, L. & Dickman, C. 2016. Phalanger carmelitae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T16853A21950989. . Downloaded on 15 October 2018.
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