Australian Museum Journal Taxonomy of Dendrolagus goodfellowi (Macropodidae: Marsupialia) with description of a new subspecies

Shortform:
Flannery, 1993, Rec. Aust. Mus. 45(1): 33–42
Author(s):
Flannery, Tim F.
Year published:
1993
Title:
Taxonomy of Dendrolagus goodfellowi (Macropodidae: Marsupialia) with description of a new subspecies
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
45
Issue:
1
Start page:
33
End page:
42
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.45.1993.128
Language:
English
Plates:
colour plate
Date published:
19 March 1993
Cover date:
19 March 1993
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
MAMMALIA: MARSUPIALIA
Digitized:
05 February 2009
Reference number:
128
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (99kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (1320kb PDF)

Abstract

Three subspecies of Dendrolagus goodfellowi can be distinguished. The nominotypical form is known from two skins and a skull collected in south-eastern New Guinea. Dendrolagus g. buergersi (of which D. g. shawmayeri is here considered a synonym) is the best represented in museum collections, and is distributed along the Papua New Guinea Central Cordillera, from Wau in the east to Mount Bubiari in the west. Dendrolagus g. pulcherrimus n.subsp. is known from a complete spirit specimen, one skin and two skulls collected near Sibilanga in the North Coast Ranges. It is the most distinctive of the subspecies, readily distinguished from all other forms by the broad P3 with large posterobuccal cusp, orange shoulders, head and ear, pale yellow to white tail rings, white ear margins and pinkish limbs and face. Questioning of local hunters suggests that it is already extinct through most of its original range.

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