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Dendrolagus spadix 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Diprotodontia Macropodidae

Scientific Name: Dendrolagus spadix
Species Authority: Troughton & Le Souef, 1936
Common Name(s):
English Lowlands Tree Kangaroo, Lowland Tree Kangaroo

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Leary, T., Seri, L., Wright, D., Hamilton, S., Helgen, K., Singadan, R., Menzies, J., Allison, A., James, R., Dickman, C., Aplin, K., Salas, L., Flannery, T. & Bonaccorso, F.
Reviewer(s): Lamoreux, J. & Hilton-Taylor, C. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category. Logging and hunting may become major threats in the future.
Previously published Red List assessments:
  • 1996 – Data Deficient (DD)
  • 1994 – Vulnerable (V)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is restricted to the Papuan Plateau lowlands on the island of New Guinea (Papua New Guinea only), where Flannery (1995) reports that it has been recorded from between the upper Awarra and Strickland Rivers, Bamu, the Mount Sisa area and the Wabo area, southern Chimbu Province. The altitudinal range is incompletely known, but it appears to be found between sea level and 800 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Papua New Guinea
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):800
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Population [top]

Population:In relation to other tree kangaroo species, it is considered to be locally abundant in places.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is found in lowland tropical forests where it is associated with karst habitats. Little more is known about the natural history of this species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is hunted for food locally, however, this is not considered a major threat to this species as there is a low human population density in the area, which is largely related to the region's inhospitable limestone topography. Deforestation due to logging is a threat in places (three quarters of the range is now a logging concession, but the dry karst country is largely inaccessible). There are ongoing proposals to put in oil palm plantations. There is also drilling for oil in one place.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is found in a management area. Further studies are needed into the distribution, abundance, natural history, and threats to this species.

Citation: Leary, T., Seri, L., Wright, D., Hamilton, S., Helgen, K., Singadan, R., Menzies, J., Allison, A., James, R., Dickman, C., Aplin, K., Salas, L., Flannery, T. & Bonaccorso, F. 2008. Dendrolagus spadix. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T6436A12760953. . Downloaded on 25 July 2016.
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