Physical Description

Morphology

Other Physical Features: endothermic ; bilateral symmetry

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Life History and Behavior

Behavior

Perception Channels: tactile ; chemical

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Reproduction

Key Reproductive Features: gonochoric/gonochoristic/dioecious (sexes separate); sexual

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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) Stats
Specimen Records:8
Specimens with Sequences:8
Specimens with Barcodes:8
Species:3
Species With Barcodes:3
Public Records:7
Public Species:2
Public BINs:2
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Pygmy possum

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.[2]

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.[3]

Classification

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.

† = extinct species.


References

  1. ^ Groves, C. (2005). Wilson, D. E., & Reeder, D. M, eds. ed. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 44-45. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. OCLC 62265494. http://www.bucknell.edu/msw3. 
  2. ^ Turner, Vivienne and McKay, G. M. (1989). "27. Burramyidae". In Walton, D.W. and Richardson, B. J. (eds). Fauna of Australia, Volume 1B: Mammalia. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service. ISBN 0-644-06056-5. 
  3. ^ Afp.google.com, Two new mammals found in Indonesian 'lost world': green group
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