Dingiso

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Dingiso[1]
Dendrolagus mbaiso.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Macropodidae
Genus: Dendrolagus
Species: D. mbaiso
Binomial name
Dendrolagus mbaiso
Flannery, Boeadi & Szalay, 1995
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Dingiso range

The Dingiso /dɪŋˈɡz/ (Dendrolagus mbaiso), also known as bondegezou, is a species of tree-kangaroo endemic to Papua Province central on New Guinea island, in northeastern Indonesia.

The species epithet, mbaiso, means "the forbidden animal" in Moni.

Distribution[edit]

The marsupial lives in alpine forests in the Sudirman Range in Papua Province of Western New Guinea. It grows just below the tree line, at elevations of 3,250–4,200 metres (10,660–13,780 ft).

The species was first filmed for an episode of the BBC documentary South Pacific TV series in 2009, after 11 days of searching with local Moni tribesmen.

Description[edit]

The Dingiso has a distinctive pattern of black and white fur, it has a white belly, and a black head, back and limbs. Unlike other tree kangaroos, it spends little time in the trees.

Taxonomy[edit]

The Dingiso, Dendrolagus mbaiso, was formally described to science in 1995 by Australian Museum zoologist Tim Flannery, Indonesian zoologist Boeadi, and Australian anthropologist Alexandra Szalay.[3]

Conservation[edit]

The Dingiso remains common in the west because of the protection conferred on it by the Moni people. For many Moni, it is an ancestor which must never be harmed. Nonetheless, Dendrolagus mbaiso is an IUCN Red Listed Endangered species.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Groves, C.P. (2005). Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M., eds. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 60. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ Leary T, Seri L, Wright D, Hamilton S, Helgen K, Singadan R, Menzies J, Allison A, James R, Dickman C, Aplin K, Flannery T, Martin R & Salas L (2008). "Dendrolagus mbaiso". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 2008-10-15.  Listed as Critically Endangered (CR A2cd v3.1)
  3. ^ Flannery, T. F., Boeadi, and A. L. Szalay. (1995). "A new tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus: Marsupialia) from Irian Jaya, Indonesia, with notes on ethnography and the evolution of tree-kangaroos." Mammalia 59:1 65-84.

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