Pseudochirulus canescens 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Diprotodontia Pseudocheiridae

Scientific Name: Pseudochirulus canescens (Waterhouse, 1846)
Common Name(s):
English Lowland Ringtail
Pseudocheirus canescens (Waterhouse, 1846)
Taxonomic Notes: Groves in Wilson and Reeder (1993) listed this as Pseudocheirus canescens, but the Australasian Monotreme and Marsupial Specialist Group follow Flannery and Schouten (1994) who treat it under the genus Pseudochirulus based on molecular analyses by Baverstock (1984) and Baverstock et al. (1990).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-06-30
Assessor(s): Helgen, K., Dickman, C. & Aplin, K.
Reviewer(s): Pacifici, M.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution,and because it is unlikely to be declining at the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This poorly-known species is widespread throughout the lowland hill forests in the central region of the island of New Guinea (Indonesia and Papua New Guinea), from the Vogelkop Peninsula (Papua Province, Indonesia) in the west to Milne Bay Province (Papua New Guinea) in the east. It is also present on the islands of Salawati and Yapen (Indonesia). It has been recorded between sea level and 1,300 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Indonesia; Papua New Guinea
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):1300
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Population [top]

Population:This species is generally rare throughout its range. It is rarer at higher elevations.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It occurs in both primary and secondary lowland tropical hill forest. Females have been collected with between one and three young; the species is thought to breed throughout the year (Flannery 1995a).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species is threatened by overhunting for food by local people in about 25% of its range. It is also threatened to some degree by habitat loss through conversion of forest to small-scale agricultural use and general human encroachment. Logging concessions are in place over much of its central southern range and to a lesser extent its central northern range, although the species' sensitivity to forest degradation is unknown (as it also occurs in secondary forest). Logging generally results in increased road access, leading to increased hunting pressure.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in a couple of protected areas. Further studies are needed into the taxonomy, distribution, abundance, natural history, and threats to this species.

Citation: Helgen, K., Dickman, C. & Aplin, K. 2016. Pseudochirulus canescens. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T40638A21961626. . Downloaded on 28 May 2018.
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