Cercartetus caudatus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Diprotodontia Burramyidae

Scientific Name: Cercartetus caudatus (Milne-Edwards, 1877)
Common Name(s):
English Long-tailed Pygmy Possum, Long-tailed Dormouse-phalanger, Long-tailed Pygmy-possum
Taxonomic Notes: The New Guinean (Cercartetus caudatus caudatus) and Australian (C. c. macrurus) populations probably represent separate species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2015-06-15
Assessor(s): Aplin, K., Dickman, C., Salas, L., Burnett, S. & Winter, J.
Reviewer(s): Johnson, C.N. & Hawkins, C.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large and stable population, presence in protected areas, and because there are no major threats to the species.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is present in the highlands of the island of New Guinea (Indonesia and Papua New Guinea), and in the lowland and upland rainforests between Paluma Range and Cooktown, Queensland, Australia (Flannery 1995, Maxwell et al. 1996). It ranges from medium elevations to 3,450 m asl (New Guinea) and from sea level to 1,600 m in Australia.
Countries occurrence:
Australia; Indonesia; Papua New Guinea
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):3450
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Population [top]

Population:It is generally a common species within suitable habitat in New Guinea, although it appears to be uncommon in the Australian part of the range.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is a nocturnal and mostly arboreal species (though with some terrestrial activity). In New Guinea, the species is found in montane and mid-montane primary and secondary tropical moist forests, especially where there are tree ferns. It also occurs in areas of subalpine shrubland. In Australia, it is known from rainforest (Maxwell et al. 1996). The species breeds twice a year in Australia, with the female typically giving birth to between one and four young (Haffenden and Atherton 2008).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species in Australia or New Guinea. Cats could be a threat to the species in some parts of the range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species is present in several protected areas. Within Australia, there is a need to monitor the distribution and abundance of the species, and to undertake studies of ecology and habitat requirements (Maxwell et al. 1996). Further taxonomic studies of this species are needed, particularly to elucidate the taxonomic status of the New Guinea forms.

Citation: Aplin, K., Dickman, C., Salas, L., Burnett, S. & Winter, J. 2016. Cercartetus caudatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T4192A21963339. . Downloaded on 19 September 2018.
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