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Title: Phalanger  
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Subject: Cuscus, Blue-eyed cuscus, Eastern common cuscus, Northern common cuscus, Ornate cuscus
Collection: Mammal Genera, Mammals of New Guinea, Possums
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Ground cuscus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Subclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Suborder: Phalangeriformes
Family: Phalangeridae
Subfamily: Phalangerinae
Tribe: Phalangerini
Genus: Phalanger
Storr, 1780
Type species
Didelphis orientalis
Pallas, 1766

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Phalanger, from the Greek Phalangion, meaning spider's web, from their webbed toes[1] is a genus of possum. They are marsupials of the family Phalangeridae.[2] It is one of the four genera whose species are commonly referred to as cuscuses. In Australia, however, they are called possums.[3]


  1. ^ Chambers English Dictionary
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  3. ^ Phalanger. (2013). Encyclopaedia Britannica.
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