Posted by: iqbibal | November 19, 2009

Golden Mantled Tree Kangaroo

Baby golden mantled tree kangaroo

The Golden-mantled Tree-kangaroo, Dendrolagus pulcherrimus is a species of tree-kangaroo native and endemic to montane forests of northern New Guinea. It has chestnut brown short coat with a pale belly, and yellowish neck, cheeks and feet. A double golden stripe runs down its back. The tail is long and has pale rings.

Its appearance is similar to the closely related Goodfellow’s Tree-kangaroo. It differs from the latter by having a pinkish or lighter color face, golden shoulders, white ears and smaller size. Some authorities consider the Golden-mantled Tree-kangaroo as a subspecies of Goodfellow’s Tree-kangaroo.

The Golden-mantled Tree-kangaroo was discovered in 1990 by Pavel German in Mount Sapau, Torricelli Mountains region of Papua New Guinea. In addition to the Torricelli Mountains, it also occurs in the nearby Foja Mountains in Indonesia. The latter population is often reported as being discovered on an expedition in December 2005, but it was known from this mountain range before that.

The Golden-mantled Tree-kangaroo is considered as one of the most endangered of all tree-kangaroos. It is extinct in most of its original range. It is not rated by IUCN, where included as a subspecies of Goodfellow’s Tree-kangaroo.

Golden Mantled Tree Kangaroo



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