Pseudochirulus mayeri


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Pseudochirulus mayeri
Species Authority: (Rothschild & Dollman, 1932)
Common Name(s):
English Pygmy Ringtail
Pseudocheirus mayeri (Rothschild & Dollman, 1932)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Helgen, K., Dickman, C. & Salas, L.
Reviewer(s): Lamoreux, J. & Hilton-Taylor, C. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern because it is widespread and locally abundant, and although this species is affected by hunting, it is not considered to be a major threat to the species.
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is widespread along the Central Cordillera of the island of New Guinea (Indonesia and Papua New Guinea). It ranges from 1,500 to 3,600 m asl.
Indonesia; Papua New Guinea
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Population [top]

Population: It is highly abundant in some areas.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in montane primary tropical forest. Animals may use degraded forest but not regrowth. This species has a wide diet (Flannery 1995). Animals build dreys in which they spend the day (Flannery 1995).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species. It is hunted for food by local people, however, the highlands where it occurs are least affected by hunting as people seldom visit these areas.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in several protected areas. Further studies are needed into the distribution, abundance, natural history, and threats to this species.

Citation: Helgen, K., Dickman, C. & Salas, L. 2008. Pseudochirulus mayeri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 28 March 2015.
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