Telefomin cuscus

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Telefomin cuscus

Critically endangered, possibly extinct (IUCN 3.1)[1]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Phalangeridae
Genus: Phalanger
P. matanim
Binomial name
Phalanger matanim
Flannery, 1987
Telefomin Cuscus area.png
Telefomin cuscus range

The Telefomin cuscus (Phalanger matanim) is a probably extinct possum found on New Guinea.

It is named after the Telefol ethnic group, who knew the animal long before it was discovered scientifically by the Australian zoologist Tim Flannery. It lives in the oak forests along the Nong River in the middle of Papua New Guinea, at altitudes between 1500 and 2000 m. After the drought and wildfires of 1997, these forests were destroyed, which most likely resulted in the species extinction.


This cuscus can or has been found in the areas of Telefomin and Tifalmin, and Papua New Guinea. It might be found even further northeast or west of the known collection areas. The only place where it is known with certainty was largely destroyed by a fire in 1998 which was caused by a drought during an El Niño. Ni[2]


  1. ^ Leary, T.; Seri, L.; Flannery, T.; Wright, D.; Hamilton, S.; Helgen, K.; Singadan, R.; Menzies, J.; Allison, A.; James, R.; et al. (2008). "Phalanger matanim". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2008. Retrieved 28 December 2008.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link) Database entry includes justification for why this species is listed as critically endangered
  2. ^ Leary, T., Seri, L., Flannery, T., Wright, D., Hamilton, S., Helgen, K., Singadan, R., Menzies, J., Allison, A., James, R., Salas, L. & Dickman, C. 2008. Phalanger matanim. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2.