Ornate Cuscus, Phalanger ornatus

The ornate cuscus (Phalanger ornatus), also known as the Molluccan cuscus, is a marsupial that is classified within the Phalangeridae family. It is native to Indonesia and can be found in a range that includes the islands of Bacan, Morotai, and Halmahera. It prefers a habitat in secondary forests, moist tropical forests, and disturbed habitats like gardens, residing at elevations of up to 3,280 feet. It lives on the ground, unlike some species that share its genus, and holds a stable population throughout its range. Although it has a limited range, it is an adaptable species and it occurs in one protected area, known as the Gunung Sibela Nature Reserve. The ornate cuscus appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Cuscus ornatus = Phalanger ornatus. Credit: J. Jennens/Wikipedia