Strigocuscus pelengensis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Diprotodontia Phalangeridae

Scientific Name: Strigocuscus pelengensis (Tate, 1945)
Common Name(s):
English Peleng Cuscus
Taxonomic Notes: Groves in Wilson and Reeder (1993) listed this species as Phalanger pelengensis.

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., Allison, A., James, R., Flannery, T., Aplin, K., Dickman, C. & Salas, L.
Reviewer(s): Johnson, C.N. & Hawkins, C.
Listed as Least Concern because, although its extent of occurrence is relatively small, it is common, adaptable, lacks major threats at present, and does not appear to be in decline.
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Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is restricted to the small islands of Mangole, Taliabu, and the Peleng Islands in the western Moluccan Islands of Indonesia. Elevational range of the species is from sea level to over 1,000 m asl.
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Population [top]

Population:This species is abundant.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It occurs in lowland primary and disturbed tropical moist forests, coconut plantations, and rural gardens. Females give birth to a single young.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The possible introduction of the competitor Phalanger orientalis may pose a threat to the species; P. orientalis has been introduced already to a neighbouring island. Strigocuscus pelengensis is not threatened by hunting as it is protected by the Muslim beliefs of the local people.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are various nature reserves within its range. Further studies into the distribution, natural history, and threats to this species are needed.

Citation: Leary, T., Singadan, R., Menzies, J., Helgen, K., Allison, A., James, R., Flannery, T., Aplin, K., Dickman, C. & Salas, L. 2016. Strigocuscus pelengensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T20892A21951846. . Downloaded on 23 July 2018.
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