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Striped Possum[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Petauridae
Genus: Dactylopsila
Species: D. trivirgata
Binomial name
Dactylopsila trivirgata
Gray, 1858

The Striped Possum (Dactylopsila trivirgata) is a member of the Petauridae family,[3] one of the marsupial families. It is found in Australia and on the island of New Guinea,[3] as well as several other small islands in the area. It is notable for its distinctive colouration. The species is black with three white stripes running head to tail, and its head has white stripes that form a 'Y' shape. It is closely related to the Sugar Glider, and is similar in appearance.

This possum looks like a black and white squirrel, and its size is between 25 and 27 cm long. The Striped Possum's tail is prehensile.[3] Its fourth finger is larger than the others (like that of the Aye-aye, which is another rainforest animal) and uses it to take beetles and caterpillars out from tree bark. In addition, the Striped Possum eats leaves, fruits, and small vertebrates,[3] and can only be found by hearing the sound it makes chewing and drinking in the forest.

The Striped possum lives in rainforests and euclypt woodland along the east coast of Cape York Peninsula in the tropical North Queensland Australia, but is more commonly found in New Guinea.[3]

The female striped possum has two teats in her pouch and can give birth to as many as two young.[3] However, not a lot is known of this possum's breeding habits.

The Striped Possum is one of the least known marsupials and safe in its habitat.

References

  1. ^ Groves, C. (2005). Wilson, D. E., & Reeder, D. M.. ed. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 54. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. http://www.bucknell.edu/msw3.  
  2. ^ Salas, L., Dickman, C., Helgen, K., Burnett, S. & Martin, R. (2008). Dactylopsila trivirgata. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 28 December 2008. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
  3. ^ a b c d e f McKay, G. (Ed.). (1999). Mammals (p. 60). San Francisco: Weldon Owen Inc. ISBN: 1-875137-59-9
  • Briggs, Mike; Briggs, Peggy (2004). The Encyclopedia of World Wildlife. Paragon. ISBN 1-4054-3679-4.  

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