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Phalanger orientalis is thought to have originated on New Guinea and then to have been distributed primarily by prehistoric humans to the range it currently occupies (Nowak, 1999). That range now includes the South West Pacific islands of Buru, Seram, the Solomon and Molucca Islands, northern New Guinea, and the Bismark Archipelago (Nowak, 1999) . Until recently, P. orientalis and P. intercastellanus (Southern Common Cuscus) were thought to belong to the same species (Flannery, 1995). P. intercastellanus inhabits northern Australia, the Aru Islands, and the Louisade Archipelago (Strahan, 1995).
Biogeographic Regions: australian (Native ); oceanic islands (Introduced , Native )