Locations: West Papua (Indonesia) and Papua New Guinea
The Black Spotted Cuscus prefers primary lowland and lower-montane tropical forests. They are also less commonly found in secondary forest. They are most likely to be nocturnal (L. Salas pers. comm.).
This species is threatened by preferential hunting by local people for food and cultural reasons, and also by conversion of forest to cultivated land. While they have declined where they comes into contact with people, a large part of their range is uninhabited. The west Papuan area has been impacted by the influx of Javan people, and large areas of habitat have been transformed by agriculture. There are also logging concessions and oil palm activities planned for parts of the area.
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Leary, T., Singadan, R., Menzies, J., Helgen, K., Allison, A., James, R., Flannery, T., Aplin, K., Dickman, C. & Salas, L. 2016. Spilocuscus rufoniger. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T20639A21949788. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-2.RLTS.T20639A21949788.en. Downloaded on 26 January 2021.
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