Telefomin Cuscus Phalanger matanim

Telefomin Cuscus halanger matanim

Telefomin Cuscus Phalanger matanim

Critically Endangered

Locations: Papua New Guinea

The Telefomin Cuscus is found in mid-montane tropical moist oak forest and has a narrow altitudinal range. Little more is known about the natural history of this distinctive species.

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The habitat at the type locality was completely burnt in the 1998 El Niño event. This species is threatened by local hunting for food and loss of suitable habitat through human encroachment. Listed as Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct) because their only known location was completely destroyed by fire in 1998. There is a strong possibility that this species is extinct, however, surveys of other potential sites are required. Should this species be located, their total population would be very small (probably less than 50 mature individuals).

This species is threatened by local hunting for food and loss of suitable habitat through human encroachment.

IUCN Red List

Further Information


Leary, T., Seri, L., Flannery, T., Wright, D., Hamilton, S., Helgen, K., Singadan, R., Menzies, J., Allison, A., James, R., Salas, L. & Dickman, C. 2016. Phalanger matanim. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T16851A21950802. Downloaded on 26 January 2021.

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