Spilocuscus papuensis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Diprotodontia Phalangeridae

Scientific Name: Spilocuscus papuensis (Desmarest, 1822)
Common Name(s):
English Waigeo Cuscus, Waigeo Spotted Cuscus
French Couscous De Waigeo

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2015-06-15
Assessor(s): Helgen, K., Aplin, K. & Dickman, C.
Reviewer(s): Johnson, C.N. & Hawkins, C.
Listed as Vulnerable because it occurs on a single island that is considered a single locality in terms of its susceptibility to potential threats such as increased hunting pressure or large-scale deforestation (neither of which appears to be a serious problem at present).
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to Waigeo Island off the coast of New Guinea (Papua, Indonesia), although it might be present also on Batanta Island (not mapped) (Helgen 2007).
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Number of Locations:1
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Population [top]

Population:It is fairly common on Waigeo, even in disturbed habitat.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It occurs in primary and secondary or disturbed tropical moist forest. There are few details available about the natural history of this species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is hunted for food by local people. It is unclear if this island is presently experiencing deforestation. If hunting were to increase markedly or if large-scale deforestation operations were to come to Waigeo, the status of this species could rapidly deteriorate.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species has been recorded from a protected area, Pulau Waigeo Nature Reserve. It is listed on Appendix II of CITES.

Citation: Helgen, K., Aplin, K. & Dickman, C. 2016. Spilocuscus papuensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T20638A21949972. . Downloaded on 24 September 2018.
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