Common ringtail possums Pseudocheirus peregrinus, from here.

Belongs within: Diprotodontia.

The Pseudocheiridae are a group of possums including the ringtails and greater gliders. The group is most diverse in wet forests in northern Australia and New Guinea, though some species are found in a wider range of habitats, such as the common ringtail possum Pseudocheirus peregrinus.

Characters (from Long et al. 2002): Dental formula I1-3/1-2, C1/0, P1-3/1-3, M1-4/1-4; molars selenodont, with off-set postprotocrista and premetaconulecrista.

Pseudocheiridae [Pseudocheirinae]
| i. s.: Schoinobates minorTL70
| Gawinga aranaea Roberts et al. 2007BA112
|--Paljara Woodburne, Tedford & Archer 1987LA02
| |--*P. tirarense Woodburne, Tedford & Archer 1987LA02
| |--P. hushae Roberts et al. 2008BA12
| |--P. maxbourkei Bassarova et al. 2001BA12
| `--P. nancyhawardae Bassarova et al. 2001BA12
`--+--+--Pildra Woodburne, Tedford & Archer 1987LA02
| | |--*P. antiquus Woodburne, Tedford & Archer 1987LA02
| | |--P. magnus Pledge 1987LA02
| | |--P. secundus Woodburne, Tedford & Archer 1987LA02
| | `--P. tertius Woodburne, Tedford & Archer 1987LA02
| `--+--Pseudokoala Turnbull & Lundelius 1970LA02
| | |--*P. erlita Turnbull & Lundelius 1970LA02
| | |--P. cathysantamaria Archer, Black & Nettle 1997LA02
| | `--P. curramulkensis (Pledge 1992)LA02
| `--Marlu Woodburne, Tedford & Archer 1987LA02
| |--*M. kutjamarpensis Woodburne, Tedford & Archer 1987LA02
| |--M. ampelos Roberts et al. 2009BA12
| |--M. karya Roberts et al. 2009BA12
| |--M. praecursor Woodburne, Tedford & Archer 1987LA02
| `--M. syke Roberts et al. 2009BA12
`--+--Pseudochirops [Pseudochiropsinae]FS15
| | i. s.: P. winteriBA12
| |--P. archeriFS15 [=Pseudocheirus archeriTL70]
| `--+--P. dahli (Collett 1895)WJ26, GM12 [=Petropseudes dahliFS15]
| `--+--P. corinnaeFS15
| `--+--P. cupreusFS15 [=Pseudocheirus cupreusTL70]
| `--+--P. albertisii (Peters 1874)FS15, APB99
| `--P. coronatus (Thomas 1897)FS15, APB99
`--+--+--Hemibelideus lemuroidesCB-E04 [=Pseudocheirus lemuroidesBP87]
| `--Petauroides Thomas 1888CB-E04, LA02
| |--*P. volans (Kerr 1792)LA02 [=Schoinobates volansS61]
| |--P. ayamaruensis Aplin in Aplin, Pasveer & Boles 1999LA02
| |--P. marshalli (Turnbull & Lundelius 1970) [=Pseudocheirus marshalli]LA02
| `--P. stirtoni (Turnbull & Lundelius 1970) [=Pseudocheirus stirtoni]LA02
| |--+--P. cinereusFS15
| | `--P. herbertensisFS15
| `--+--+--P. canescens (Waterhouse 1846)FS15, APB99
| | | |--P. c. canescensAPB99
| | | |--P. c. bernsteini Schlegel 1866APB99
| | | `--P. c. dammermani Thomas 1922APB99
| | `--P. schlegelii (Jentink 1884)FS15, APB99
| `--+--+--P. caroliFS15
| | `--P. mayeri (Rotschild & Dollman 1932)FS15, APB99
| `--+--P. forbesiFS15
| `--P. larvatusFS15
`--Pseudocheirus Ogilby 1837FS15, TL70
| i. s.: P. antiquus Broom 1896F71
| P. convolutorTL70
| P. cookiB96
| P. dahliTL70
| P. mongan De Vis 1887 [=Pseudochirus mongan]DV87
| P. orientalisB96
| P. pygmaeusTL70
| P. schlegeliCB-E04
|--P. peregrinusCB-E04 [incl. P. occidentalisAPB99]
`--+--P. canescensCB-E04
|--P. mayeriCB-E04
`--+--P. forbesiCB-E04
`--+--P. caroliCB-E04
`--P. herbertensisCB-E04 [=Phalangista (Pseudochirus) herbertensisDV87]
|--P. h. herbertensisR64
`--P. h. cinereus Tate 1945R64

*Type species of generic name indicated


[APB99] Aplin, K. P., J. M. Pasveer & W. E. Boles. 1999. Late Quaternary vertebrates from the Bird’s Head Peninsula, Irian Jaya, Indonesia, including descriptions of two previously unknown marsupial species. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 57: 351–387.

[BA12] Black, K. H., M. Archer, S. J. Hand & H. Godthelp. 2012. The rise of Australian marsupials: a synopsis of biostratigraphic, phylogenetic, palaeoecologic and palaeobiogeographic understanding. In: Talent, J. A. (ed.) Earth and Life: Global biodiversity, extinction intervals and biogeographic perturbations through time pp. 983–1078. Springer.

[B96] Broom, R. 1896. Report on a bone breccia deposit near the Wombeyan Caves, N.S.W.: with descriptions of some new species of marsupials. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 21 (1): 48–61, pls 6–8.

[BP87] Burton, J. A., & B. Pearson. 1987. Collins Guide to the Rare Mammals of the World. Collins: London.

[CB-E04] Cardillo, M., O. R. P. Bininda-Emonds, E. Boakes & A. Purvis. 2004. A species-level phylogenetic supertree of marsupials. Journal of Zoology 264: 11–31.

[DV87] De Vis, C. W. 1887. On new or rare vertebrates from the Herbert River, north Queensland. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, series 2, 1 (4): 1129–1137.

[FS15] Faurby, S., & J.-C. Svenning. 2015. A species-level phylogeny of all extant and late Quaternary extinct mammals using a novel heuristic-hierarchical Bayesian approach. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 84: 14–26.

[F71] Fletcher, H. O. 1971. Catalogue of type specimens of fossils in the Australian Museum, Sydney. Australian Museum Memoir 13: 1–167.

[GM12] Gibson, L. A., & N. L. McKenzie. 2012. Occurrence of non-volant mammals on islands along the Kimberley coast of Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 81: 15–40.

[LA02] Long, J., M. Archer, T. Flannery & S. Hand. 2002. Prehistoric Mammals of Australia and New Guinea: One Hundred Million Years of Evolution. University of New South Wales Press: Sydney.

[R64] Ride, W. D. L. 1964. A list of mammals described from Australia between the years 1933 and 1963 (comprising newly proposed names and additions to the Australian faunal list). Australian Mammal Society Bulletin 7 (Suppl.): 1–15.

[S61] Sharman, G. B. 1961. The mitotic chromosomes of marsupials and their bearing on taxonomy and phylogeny. Australian Journal of Zoology 9 (1): 38–60.

[TL70] Turnbull, W. D., & E. L. Lundelius Jr. 1970. The Hamilton fauna: a Late Pliocene mammalian fauna from the Grange Burn, Victoria, Australia. Fieldiana Geology 19: 1–163.

[WJ26] Wood Jones, F. 1926. The R. M. Johnston Memorial Lecture, 1925. The mammalian toilet and some considerations arising from it. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 1925: 14–62.

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