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This article is about the genus. For the PHP compiler, see Phalanger (compiler). For other animals called phalanger, see Phalanger (disambiguation).
Ground Cuscus cotswoldwildlifepark.jpg
Ground cuscus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Subclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Suborder: Phalangeriformes
Family: Phalangeridae
Subfamily: Phalangerinae
Tribe: Phalangerini
Genus: Phalanger
Storr, 1780
Type species
Didelphis orientalis
Pallas, 1766

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Phalanger, from the Greek Phalangion, meaning spider's web, from their webbed (fused) toes[1] is a genus of possum. They are marsupials of the family Phalangeridae.[2] It is one of the four genera whose species are commonly referred to as cuscuses. In Australia, however, they are called possums.[3]


  1. ^ Chambers English Dictionary
  2. ^ Groves, C.P. (2005). "Genus Phalanger". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 46–48. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  3. ^ Phalanger. (2013). Encyclopaedia Britannica.