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Gymnobelideus leadbeateri (Leadebeater's Possum)

Wikipedia Abstract

Leadbeater's possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri) is a critically endangered possum largely restricted to small pockets of Alpine Ash, Mountain Ash and Snow Gum forests in the Central Highlands of Victoria (Australia) north-east of Melbourne. It is primitive, relict, and non-gliding, and, as the only species in the petaurid genus Gymnobelideus, represents an ancestral form.
View Wikipedia Record: Gymnobelideus leadbeateri

Endangered Species

Status: Endangered
View IUCN Record: Gymnobelideus leadbeateri

EDGE Analysis

Leadbeater’s possum is a small arboreal marsupial that was not sighted for 50 years and believed to be extinct prior to its rediscovery in 1961. The possum is the only marsupial endemic to Victoria, and has been adopted as one of the state's two faunal emblems. The species’ entire distribution in the wild is restricted to a 70 x 80 km area. Populations are predicted to undergo substantial declines owing to a lack of mature trees with hollows that provide diurnal den sites for possum colonies. As a consequence, the species is listed as ‘Endangered’.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
13
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
72
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 27.52
EDGE Score: 5.43
View EDGE Record: Gymnobelideus leadbeateri

Attributes

Adult Weight [1]  127 grams
Female Maturity [1]  1 year 3 months
Male Maturity [1]  1 year 3 months
Diet [2]  Carnivore
Gestation [1]  16 days
Litter Size [1]  2
Litters / Year [1]  2
Maximum Longevity [1]  14 years
Nocturnal [2]  Yes
Weaning [1]  3 months 25 days

Ecoregions

Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Use
Southeast Australia temperate forests Australia Australasia Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Yarra Ranges National Park 190370 Victoria, Australia      

Emblem of

Victoria

Consumers

Parasitized by 
Acanthopsylla rothschildi rothschildi[3]
Choristopsylla tristis[3]
Paraustrostrongylus gymnobelideus <Unverified Name>[4]
Stephanocircus domrowi[3]
Wurunjerria warnekei[3]

Range Map

Australia;

Photos

Citations

Attributes / relations provided by 1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774 2Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at animaldiversity.org 3International Flea Database 4Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 gis.wwfus.org/wildfinder
Protected Areas provided by Le Saout, S., Hoffmann, M., Shi, Y., Hughes, A., Bernard, C., Brooks, T.M., Bertzky, B., Butchart, S.H.M., Stuart, S.N., Badman, T. & Rodrigues, A.S.L. (2013) Protected areas and effective biodiversity conservation. Science, 342, 803–805
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