Pseudochirulus schlegeli (Jentink, 1884)

Arfak ringtail possum, Vogelkop ringtail possum



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Pseudocheirus schlegelii Jentink, 1884 (original combination); Pseudocheirus lewisi Dollman, 1930


Pseudocheirus lewisi was first listed as a synonym of Pseudochirulus schlegeli by (Flannery, 1995:230).


Conservation Status

Last record: 1880's (Musser & Sommer, 1992)

Rediscovered in October 1992? (cf. Flannery, 1995)

IUCN RedList status: Vulnerable



Arfak Mountains, Vogelkop Peninsula, Papua Province, Indonesia, New Guinea


Biology & Ecology




Less than 10 preserved specimens are currently known (Helgen et al., 2016). Long known only from the holotype, until a second pre-20th century was discovered by (Musser & Sommer, 1992). Two specimens were collected in October 1992 (Flannery, 1995:230).






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