Waigeou cuscus

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Waigeou cuscus[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Phalangeridae
Genus: Spilocuscus
Species: S. papuensis
Binomial name
Spilocuscus papuensis
(Desmarest, 1822)
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Waigeou cuscus range

The Waigeou cuscus or Waigeou spotted cuscus (Spilocuscus papuensis) is a species of marsupial in the Phalangeridae family. It is endemic to the island of Waigeo in Indonesia,[2] and consequently the spelling Waigeo cuscus is often used instead of Waigeou cuscus. Unlike all other members of the genus Spilocuscus, both genders are whitish with black spots. It remains fairly common, but its small range makes it vulnerable to habitat loss and hunting.


  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. 48. OCLC 62265494. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. 
  2. ^ a b Helgen, K., Aplin, K. & Dickman, C. (2008). Spilocuscus papuensis. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 28 December 2008. Database entry includes justification for why this species is listed as vulnerable