Petauroides ayamaruensis Aplin, 1999:365

Ayamaru greater gliding possum



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Petauroides ayamaruensis Aplin, Pasveer & Boles, 1999:365 (misattribution)


I have followed (Long et al. 2002:25) in recognizing the species author as "Aplin, 1999" rather than the commonly cited "Aplin, Pasveer & Boles, 1999", which would seem to be based upon an assumption that since all three scientists authored the paper that therefore all three are also all co-authors of the species. But this is not always the case.


Conservation Status


Last record: Late Quaternary (Aplin et al. 1999)


This species is only known from fossil remains. I have found no additional specimens of this taxon reported in the literature since its original description. 



Irian Jaya, Indonesia, New Guinea


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Aplin, Kenneth Peter, Pasveer, Juliette M. and Boles, Walter E. (1999). Late Quaternary vertebrates from the Bird’s Head Peninsula, Irian Jaya, Indonesia, including descriptions of two previously unknown marsupial species. 6th Conference on Australasian vertebrate evolution, palaeontology and systematics, and extinction Records of the Western Australian Museum 57(suppl.): 351-387. [Available from the WA Museum]


Other references:

Jackson, Stephen M., and Thorington Jr., Richard W. (2012). Gliding Mammals: Taxonomy of Living and Extinct Species. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology, No. 638, vi + 117 pp.

Long, John, Archer, Michael, Flannery, Timothy and Hand, Suzanne. (2002). Prehistoric Mammals of Australia and New Guinea: One Hundred Million Years of Evolution. Sydney, N.S.W.: University of New South Wales Press.

Pasveer, J. M. (1998). Kria Cave: an 8000-year occupation sequence from the Bird’s Head of Irian Jaya. In Bartstra G-J, ed., Bird’s Head approaches: Irian Jaya studies—a programme for interdisciplinary research, pp. 67–89. A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam.

Turvey, Samuel T. (2009). Holocene mammal extinctions, pp. 41-61. In: Turvey, Samuel T. (ed.). Holocene Extinctions. Oxford, UK & New York, USA: Oxford University Press. xii + 352 pp.

Turvey, Samuel T. and Fritz, Susanne A. (2011). The ghosts of mammals past: biological and geographical patterns of global mammalian extinction across the Holocene. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 366(1577): 2564-2576. [Supplementary Information]


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