Talaud Bear Cuscus Ailurops melanotis

Talaud Bear Cuscus Ailurops melanotis

Talaud Bear Cuscus Ailurops melanotis

Critically Endangered

Location: Salibabu Island, Indonesia

The Talaud Bear Cuscus is listed as Critically Endangered because it is only known with certainty from a single location, Salibabu Island, which is less than 100 km2, and there is a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat and in the number of mature individuals due to hunting. Further taxonomic research should be conducted to confirm the identity of the bear cuscus on Sangihe as this could have implications for its listing. It is though to be restricted to primary forest and gardens next to the Sahendaruman caldera on Sangihe, but on Salibabu it is reported also from degraded forest and adjacent gardens (Riley 2002).

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Further Information


Flannery, T. & Helgen, K. 2016. Ailurops melanotis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T136218A21949526. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-2.RLTS.T136218A21949526.en. Downloaded on 26 January 2021.

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