Other Physical Features: endothermic ; bilateral symmetry
Life History and Behavior
Perception Channels: tactile ; chemical
Key Reproductive Features: gonochoric/gonochoristic/dioecious (sexes separate); sexual
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage
Specimens with Sequences:8
Specimens with Barcodes:8
Species With Barcodes:3
The pygmy possums are a family of small possums that together form the marsupial family Burramyidae. There are five extant species of pygmy possum, grouped into two genera. Four of the species are endemic to Australia, with one species also co-occurring in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.
Pygmy possums range in length from about 5 to 12 centimetres (2.0 to 4.7 in) long, and usually weigh between 10 to 50 grams (0.35 to 1.8 oz). They are nocturnal and omnivorous, living on a diet of invertebrates, fruit, seed, nectar and pollen. They are excellent climbers, due in part to their possession of a prehensile tail. Although they cannot glide like some other species of possum, some species are able to leap a long distance.
Conservation International (CI) and the Indonesia Institute of Science (LIPI) reported on the possible discovery of a new species of Cercartetus pygmy possum upon visit to the Foja Mountains in June 2007.
There are two genera of pygmy possums: Burramys and Cercartetus. Burramys contains only one extant species, the Mountain Pygmy Possum, Burramys parvus. As currently understood, Cercartetus consists of four extant species.
- Family Burramyidae: pygmy possums
† = extinct species.
|Wikispecies has information related to: Burramyidae|
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- ^ Afp.google.com, Two new mammals found in Indonesian 'lost world': green group
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