Australian Museum Journal A new species of Phalanger (Phalangeridae: Marsupialia) from montane western Papua New Guinea

Shortform:
Flannery, 1987, Rec. Aust. Mus. 39(4): 183–193
Author(s):
Flannery, Tim F.
Year published:
1987
Title:
A new species of Phalanger (Phalangeridae: Marsupialia) from montane western Papua New Guinea
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
39
Issue:
4
Start page:
183
End page:
193
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.39.1987.169
Language:
English
Date published:
30 September 1987
Cover date:
30 September 1987
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
MAMMALIA: MARSUPIALIA
Digitized:
23 January 2009
Available online:
27 February 2009
Reference number:
169
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (117kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (2216kb PDF)

Abstract

Phalanger matanim n.sp. is a plesiomorphic species of Phalanger, thus far known from only three specimens taken in the Telefomin area at altitudes between 1,550 and 2,600 m. Retention of a well-developed preparacrista on M2/, the presence of small simple molars, and having the periotic visible on the external basicranium in P. matanim are plesiomorphic features not otherwise seen in combination in the genus Phalanger. Although convergent with the other montane Phalanger species (P. vestitus, P. carmelitae and P. interpositus) in several external morphological features, P. matanim does not appear to be closely related to this group. At the upper limit of its altitudinal range, Phalanger matanim is sympatric with P. vestitus and S. leucippus, and at the lower end with these species and also P. interpositus and P. carmelitae.

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