Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is now known only for certain from the Torricelli range of Papua New Guinea on the island of New Guinea. There are fossil records from Vogelkop and other places. It is suspected to occur in the Foja range (there is a sight record) and the Prince Alexander range of Papua New Guinea. It has been extirpated from 99% of its historic range. It has been recorded at between 680 and 1,100 m asl.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It is a montane tropical forest species.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
CR
Critically Endangered

Red List Criteria
A2cd; B1ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v); C1

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
Leary, T., Wright, D., Hamilton, S., Helgen, K., Singadan, R., Aplin, K., Dickman, C., Salas, L., Flannery, T., Martin, R. & Seri, L.

Reviewer/s
Lamoreux, J. & Hilton-Taylor, C. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)

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Justification
Listed as Critically Endangered because of a drastic, ongoing population decline suspected to have exceeded 80% over past three generations (i.e., 30 years), and projected to decline more than 80% further over the next three generations (i.e., 30 years). The current, proven extent of occurrence for this species includes one location of less than 100 km2, and there is a continuing decline in: extent of occurrence, area of occupancy, the extent and quality of habitat, number of locations, and number of mature individuals due to hunting. The total population of the species is probably less than 250 mature individuals and is projected to decline by more than 25% over the next generation (i.e., 10 years).
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Population

Population
Jim Thomas (pers. comm.) reports 12 animals killed on Mt. Sapa or close to it in 2004. These records were from the villages of Nunsi (4 animals) and Sibilanga (8 animals). Although there have been more recent surveys in the Torricelli area they have not been undertaken at the known sites. Remaining numbers are likely to very low.

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Threats

Major Threats
The species is highly threatened by hunting for food by local people, and additionally by habitat loss through conversion of forest to cultivated land. The lowland areas are earmarked for deforestation and oil palm expansion.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It is not known if the species is present in any protected areas. There is an urgent need to survey known localities including the Foja and Prince Alexander ranges for this species and to protect any remaining populations through the development of protected areas, hunting regulations, and local awareness programmes.
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Wikipedia

Golden-mantled tree-kangaroo

The golden-mantled tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus pulcherrimus) is a species of tree-kangaroo native and endemic to montane forests of northern New Guinea. It has chestnut brown short coat with a pale belly, and yellowish neck, cheeks and feet. A double golden stripe runs down its back. The tail is long and has pale rings.

Its appearance is similar to the closely related Goodfellow's tree-kangaroo. It differs from the latter by having a pinkish or lighter color face, golden shoulders, white ears and smaller size. Some authorities consider the golden-mantled tree-kangaroo as a subspecies of Goodfellow's tree-kangaroo.

It was discovered in 1993 by Australian naturalist Professor Tim Flannery, who is now based at Macquarie University in Sydney.

In addition to the Torricelli Mountains, it also occurs in the nearby Foja Mountains in Papua, Indonesia. The latter population is often reported as being discovered on an expedition in December 2005, but it was known from this mountain range before that.[3]

The golden-mantled tree-kangaroo is considered as one of the most endangered of all tree-kangaroos. It is extirpated from most of its original range. It is not rated by IUCN, where included as a subspecies of Goodfellow's tree-kangaroo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Groves, C. P. (2005). Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M, eds. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 60. OCLC 62265494. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. 
  2. ^ Leary, T., Wright, D., Hamilton, S., Helgen, K., Singadan, R., Aplin, K., Dickman, C., Salas, L., Flannery, T., Martin, R. & Seri, L. (2008). Dendrolagus pulcherrimus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 28 December 2008. Database entry includes justification for why this species is listed as critically endangered
  3. ^ Flannery, T. 1995. Mammals of New Guinea. Reed Books. ISBN 0-7301-0411-7
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