Pseudochirulus forbesi 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Diprotodontia Pseudocheiridae

Scientific Name: Pseudochirulus forbesi (Thomas, 1887)
Common Name(s):
English Painted Ringtail, Moss-forest Ringtail
Pseudocheirus forbesi (Thomas, 1887)
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: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-06-30
Assessor(s): Helgen, K., Dickman, C. & Salas, L.
Reviewer(s): Johnson, C.N. & Pacifici, M.
Listed as Least Concern because it is relatively widespread and locally abundant, tolerant of some degree of habitat modification, and it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
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Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to New Guinea, where it occurs in the south-east portion of the island (Papua New Guinea).
Countries occurrence:
Papua New Guinea
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Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is a tropical forest species found in both primary and disturbed habitats. Animals nest in dreys and tree hollows.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threats to this species are not known. It is presumably hunted for food by local people.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species occurs in the YUS Conservation Area on the Huon Peninsula, where it is commonly observed at higher elevations (>1500 m) and frequently hunted outside of no-take zones. Further studies are needed into the taxonomy, distribution, abundance, natural history, and threats to this species.

Citation: Helgen, K., Dickman, C. & Salas, L. 2016. Pseudochirulus forbesi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T40639A21961873. . Downloaded on 26 September 2017.
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