Scaly-tailed possum

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Scaly-tailed possum[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Metatheria
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Phalangeridae
Genus: Wyulda
Alexander, 1918
Species: W. squamicaudata
Binomial name
Wyulda squamicaudata
Alexander, 1918
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Scaly-tailed possum range

The scaly-tailed possum or the Ilangnalya (Wyulda squamicaudata) is found in northwestern Australia. It is restricted to the Kimberley region in Western Australia.[3] As it is monotypic in its genus, it is sometimes known simply by its genus — the Wyulda.

The scaly-tailed possum is a member of the family Phalangeridae, which means that it is related to cuscuses and brushtail possums. It is a solitary nocturnal forager that feeds on leaves, flowers and fruit.[3]

As its name implies, its distinguishing feature is a hairless, scaly tail.

The possum has a limited range and is found in high rainfall coastal regions of the north Kimberley between Yampi Sound and Kalumburu, as well as further inland in the east Kimberley at Emma Gorge.[4] [5] Populations also inhabit Bigge Island and Boongaree Island. The preferred habitat of this animal is sandstone based woodlands where it can shelter in rock piles and fissures and feed in the trees.[6]

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. p. 50. OCLC 62265494. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. 
  2. ^ McKnight, M. (2008). Wyulda squamicaudata. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 28 December 2008. Database entry includes justification for why this species is data deficient
  3. ^ a b Menkhorst, Peter (2001). A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia. Oxford University Press. p. 84. 
  4. ^ Doody, Sean J.; David Rhind C, Christina M. Castellano B and Michael Bass (2012). "Rediscovery of the scaly-tailed possum (Wyulda squamicaudata) in the eastern Kimberley". Australian Mammalogy 34 (2): 260–262. doi:10.1071/AM11039. 
  5. ^ Potter, Sally; Dan Rosauer; J. Sean Doody; Myfanwy J. Webb; Mark D. B. Eldridge (2014). "Persistence of a potentially rare mammalian genus (Wyulda) provides evidence for areas of evolutionary refugia within the Kimberley, Australia". Conservation Genetics. doi:10.1007/s10592-014-0601-4. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Action Plan for Australian Marsupials and Monotremes". 1996. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 

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