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Temporal range: Late Pleistocene - Recent
Cercartetus nanus.jpg
Cercartetus nanus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Burramyidae
Genus: Cercartetus
Gloger, 1841
Type species
Phalangista nana
(Desmarest, 1818)

The genus Cercartetus is a group of very small possums known as pygmy possums. Four species comprise this genus, which together with the genus Burramys make up the marsupial family Burramyidae.[1]

It has occasionally been presumed that Cercaërtus was a misspelling or synonym of Cercartetus.[2][3] However, the name Cercaërtus is a junior synonym of Trichosurus and not of Cercartetus.[4][5][6][7]

Conservation International (CI) and the Indonesia Institute of Science (LIPI) reported on the possible discovery of a new species of Cercartetus pygmy possum upon visit to the Foja Mountains in June 2007.[8]



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  3. ^ Grzimek, B. (1975). "Pygmy Possums". Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia. Volume 10. Mammals I. Melbourne: Van Nostrand Reinhold. p. 114.
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  5. ^ Wakefield, N.A. (1963). "The Australian pigmy possums". The Victorian Naturalist. 80: 99–116.
  6. ^ McKay, G.M. (1988). "Burramyidae". In J.L. Bannister; J.H. Calaby; L.J. Dawson; J.K. Ling; J.A. Mahoney; G.M. McKay; B.J. Richardson; W.D.L. Ride; D. W. Walton (eds.). Zoological Catalogue of Australia 5. Mammalia. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service. pp. 98–102.
  7. ^ Harris, J.M. (2006). "The discovery and early natural history of the eastern pygmy-possum, Cercartetus nanus (Geoffroy and Desmarest, 1817)". Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales. 127: 107–124.
  8. ^ Afp.google.com, Two new mammals found in Indonesian 'lost world': green group