Talaud bear cuscus

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Talaud bear cuscus[1]
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Phalangeridae
Genus: Ailurops
A. melanotis
Binomial name
Ailurops melanotis
(Thomas, 1898)
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Talaud bear cuscus range

The Talaud bear cuscus (Ailurops melanotis) is a species of marsupial in the family Phalangeridae. It is endemic to Salibabu Island in the Talaud Islands, Indonesia. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry forests.[1] The species is considered Critically Endangered, with a small population size and heavy hunting pressure on both islands where it occurs, as well as continued habitat degradation.[3]

When alarmed, the Talaud bear cuscus emits a strong musk odour.[3]


  1. ^ a b 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. 45. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. OCLC 62265494.
  2. ^ Flannery, T. & Helgen, K. (2008). "Ailurops melanotis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-24.
  3. ^ a b "Talaud Bear Cuscus". EDGE of Existence.