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Pseudocheirus peregrinus (Common Ringtail)

Wikipedia Abstract

The common ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus, Greek for "false hand" and Latin for "pilgrim" or "alien") is an Australian marsupial. It lives in a variety of habitats and eats a variety of leaves of both native and introduced plants, as well as flowers and fruits. The ringtail possum does not occur in New Zealand. This possum also consumes a special type of faeces that is produced during the daytime when it is resting in a nest. This behaviour is called coprophagia and is similar to that seen in rabbits.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 22.94
EDGE Score: 3.18


Adult Weight [1]  1.874 lbs (850 g)
Birth Weight [1]  0.3 grams
Diet [2]  Frugivore, Nectarivore, Herbivore
Diet - Fruit [2]  20 %
Diet - Nectar [2]  10 %
Diet - Plants [2]  70 %
Forages - Arboreal [2]  100 %
Female Maturity [1]  1 year
Male Maturity [1]  1 year
Litter Size [1]  2
Litters / Year [1]  1.5
Maximum Longevity [1]  10 years
Nocturnal [2]  Yes
Weaning [1]  6 months


Protected Areas

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Southwest Australia Australia No


Canis lupus dingo (domestic dog)[3]
Dasyurus maculatus (Tiger Quoll)[4]
Echidnophaga myrmecobii (Red flea)[5]
Morelia spilota spilota (Diamond python)[6]
Ninox strenua (Powerful Boobook)[7]


Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Range Map



External References



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
2Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
39.1 Dingo, Canis lupus dingo, L.K. Corbett, Sillero-Zubiri, C., Hoffmann, M. and Macdonald, D.W. (eds). 2004. Canids: Foxes, Wolves, Jackals and Dogs. Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan. IUCN/SSC Canid Specialist Group. Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. x + 430 pp.
4Dasyurus maculatus, Menna E. Jones, Robert K. Rose, and Scott Burnett, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 676, pp. 1–9 (2001)
5Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
6Feeding Habits of the Diamond Python, Morelia s. spilota: Ambush Predation by a Boid Snake, David J. Slip and Richard Shine, Journal of Herpetology, Vol. 22, No. 3, pp. 323-330, 1988
7Diet and habitat of the powerful owl (Ninox strenua) living near Melbourne, Elizabeth Lavazanian, M. App. Sc. thesis, Deakin University (1996)
8International Flea Database
9Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
10Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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