Dendrolagus noibano Flannery, Mountain & Aplin, 1983



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Although scientifically described as a full species (Flannery et al. 1983), it has more recently been considered to fall within the variation exhibited by D. dorianus (Flannery et al., 1996 fide Prideaux et al., 2022).


Conservation Status

Extinct (Flannery et al., 1983) or Invalid (synonym of D. dorianus) (Flannery et al., 1996)

Last record: Late Pleistocene (Mountain, 1991)



New Guinea


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Flannery, Timothy F., Mountain, Mary-Jane and Aplin, Ken. (1983). Quaternary kangaroos (Macropodidae: Marsupialia) from Nombe rock shelter, Papua New Guinea, with comments on the nature of megafaunal extinction in the New Guinea highlands. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 107(2): 75-97.


Other references:

Flannery, T. F., Martin, R. and Szalay, A. (1996). Tree Kangaroos: A Curious Natural History. Reed Books.

Mountain, Mary-Jane. (1991). Highland New Guinea Hunter-Gatherers: The Evidence of Nombe Rockshelter, Simbu With Emphasis on the Pleistocene. Thesis submitted for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy of the Australian National University. [report of Dendrolagus noibano remains from Nombe Rockshelter]

Prideaux, Gavin J., Kerr, I. A. R., van Zoelen, J. D., Grun, R., van der Kaars, S. et al. (2022). Re-evaluating the evidence for late-surviving megafauna at Nombe rockshelter in the New Guinea highlands. Archaeology in Oceania 57(3): 223-248.

Sutton, Alice, Mountain, Mary-Jane, Aplin, Ken, Bulmer, Susan and Denham, Tim. (2009). Archaeozoological records for the highlands of New Guinea: a review of current evidence. Australian Archaeology 69: 41-58.


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