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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Flannery, 1987, Rec. Aust. Mus. 39(4): 183–193
Author
Tim F. Flannery
Year
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
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23 January 2009
Available Online
27 February 2009
Reference Number
169
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