Green ringtail

Pseudochirops archeri

TAXONOMY

Pseudochirops archeri (Collett, 1884), north Queensland, Australia. OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Ringtail vert, ringtail au pelage raye; German: Grüner Ringbeutler.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Length 25.6-28.0 in (65-71 cm), weight 37.9-47.6 oz (1,075-1,350 g). Fur appears green due to thin bands of black, yellow, and white fur.

DISTRIBUTION

Upland rainforest in tropical northeastern Queensland coastal areas.

HABITAT

Rainforest.

BEHAVIOR

Mostly nocturnal, arboreal animal probably solitary. Sometimes seen active during the day, rests on branches instead of in tree hollows. Adults seem not to vocalize at all. Young are carried on mother's back for longer than other ringtails, and follow her around at-heel afterwards.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Green ringtails eat leaves of rainforest trees, also of rather toxic species. This may be the reason why the young follows the mother for an extended period of time.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Almost nothing is known except that normally only one young is around at a time.

CONSERVATION STATUS Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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