Lemur-like Ringtail Possum, Hemibelideus lemuroides

The lemur-like ringtail possum (Hemibelideus lemuroides), also known as the brushy-tailed ringtail or the lemuroid ringtail possum, is the sole member of its genus. It is most closely related to the greater glider. Its range is small, encompassing the area between Cairns and Ingham in Queensland, Australia, with one small population occurring on Carbine Tableland. Its bushy tail helps distinguish it from other ringtail possums, and the lack of membrane under the arms and legs help distinguish it from the greater glider. Its fur can be dark brown in color or white in color, depending upon where it is located, but three brown individuals were discovered in the Daintree National Park on Cape York in 2009, which is home to rare white individuals. The lemur-like ringtail possum appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Near Threatened.”

Image Caption: Lemur-like Ringtail Possum (also known as the Lemuroid Ringtail Possum or the Brushy-Tailed Ringtail) near Mareeba in Queensland, Australia. Credit: Wildlife Explorer/Wikipedia (CC BY 3.0)