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Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Macropodidae
Genus: Dendrolagus
Species: D. scottae
Binomial name
Dendrolagus scottae
Flannery & Seri, 1990
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Tenkile range

The tenkile (Dendrolagus scottae), also known as Scott's tree-kangaroo, is a species of tree-kangaroo in the Macropodidae family. It is endemic to a very small area of the Torricelli Mountains of Papua New Guinea.[3] Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry forests. It is threatened by habitat loss and hunting.[2]

The tenkile is a close relative of Doria's tree-kangaroo. It weighs 9–11 kg, and is predominantly black. It has a powerful and persistent odour.[3]

Tenkile has declined greatly over the past 50 years. It is currently restricted to three remote areas along the summit of the Torricelli Range.[3]


  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. 60–61. OCLC 62265494. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. 
  2. ^ a b Leary, T., Wright, D., Hamilton, S., Helgen, K., Singadan, R., Aplin, K., Dickman, C., Salas, L., Flannery, T., Martin, R. & Seri, L. (2008). Dendrolagus scottae. 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
  3. ^ a b c Flannery, Tim: Mammals of New Guinea, Chatswood, 1995

External links[edit]

Tenkile Conservation Alliance