Black-spotted cuscus

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Black-spotted cuscus[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Phalangeridae
Genus: Spilocuscus
Species: S. rufoniger
Binomial name
Spilocuscus rufoniger
(Zimara, 1937)
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Black-spotted cuscus range

The black-spotted cuscus (Spilocuscus rufoniger) is a species of marsupial in the Phalangeridae family. It is among the largest members of the family, only being surpassed by the bear cuscus. It is a relatively colourful species with whitish or yellowish underparts, rich rufous crown and limbs, and a black saddle or mottling on the back. It is found in forest at altitudes of up to 1200 m.a.s.l. in northern New Guinea.[2] It is threatened by hunting and habitat loss, and has already disappeared from large parts of its range. Consequently it is rated as Critically Endangered by IUCN.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Groves, C. P. (2005). Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M, eds. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 48–49. OCLC 62265494. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. 
  2. ^ a b c Leary, T., Singadan, R., Menzies, J., Helgen, K., Allison, A., James, R., Flannery, T., Aplin, K., Dickman, C. & Salas, L. (2008). Spilocuscus rufoniger. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 28 December 2008. Database entry includes justification for why this species is listed as critically endangered