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Doria's tree-kangaroo
Macropodidae - Dendrolagus dorianus.JPG
Dendrolagus dorianus from New Guinea. Stuffed specimen
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Genus:
Dendrolagus
Species:
dorianus
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Doria's tree-kangaroo range

Doria's tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus dorianus) is a tree-kangaroo endemic to Papua New Guinea.

Distribution

This marsupial is found in montane forests of southeastern New Guinea island, at elevations between 600–3650m. The species was named in 1883 by Edward Pierson Ramsay in honour of Italian zoologist Giacomo Doria.

Description

Doria's tree-kangaroo is one of the largest tree-kangaroo species, and, on average, weighs between 6.5–14.5 kg, its length is 51–78 cm, with a long 44–66 cm tail. It has long dense brown fur with black ears and a pale brown or cream nonprehensile tail. It has large and powerful claws and a stocky build that gives it a bear-like appearance.

It is mostly solitary and nocturnal.

Its diet consists of various leaves, buds, flowers and fruits. The gestation period is about 30 days, after which, the single young remains in the mother's pouch for up to 10 months.

Baby tree kangaroo on the chiefs wifes shoulder -Papua New Guinea-17Oct2008
A baby tree kangaroo on the chief's wife's shoulder
Conservation

Doria's tree-kangaroo is an IUCN Red List Vulnerable species. Its forest habitat is threatened by logging and forest clearance. Being large sized, it's also hunted for its meat.

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