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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Theria
Infraclassis: Marsupialia
Ordo: Diprotodontia
Subordo: Phalangeriformes
Superfamilia: Phalangeroidea
Familia: Burramyidae
Genus: Cercartetus
Species: C. caudatus - C. concinnus - C. lepidus - C. nanus


Cercartetus Gloger, 1841

Type species: Phalangista nana Desmarest, 1818

* Dromicia Gray, 1841
* Dromiciella Matschie, 1916
* Dromiciola Matschie, 1916
* Eudromicia Mjöberg, 1916


* Cercartetus on Mammal Species of the World.
Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 2 Volume Set edited by Don E. Wilson, DeeAnn M. Reeder
* Gemein. Hand.-Hilfsbuch. Nat. 1: 85.


The genus Cercartetus is a group of very small possums known as pygmy possums. Four species comprise this genus, which together with the genus Burramys make up the marsupial family Burramyidae.[1]

It has occasionally been presumed that Cercaërtus was a mis-spelling or synonym of Cercartetus.[2][3] However, the name Cercaërtus is a junior synonym of Trichosurus and not of Cercartetus.[4][5][6][7]

Conservation International (CI) and the Indonesia Institute of Science (LIPI) reported on the possible discovery of a new species of Cercartetus pygmy possum upon visit to the Foja Mountains in June 2007.[8]


* Genus Cercartetus
o Long-tailed Pygmy Possum, Cercartetus caudatus
o Southwestern Pygmy Possum, Cercartetus concinnus
o Tasmanian Pygmy Possum, Cercartetus lepidus
o Eastern Pygmy Possum, Cercartetus nanus


1. ^ Groves, C. (2005). Wilson, D. E., & Reeder, D. M, eds. ed. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 44–45. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. OCLC 62265494. http://www.bucknell.edu/msw3.
2. ^ Simpson, G.G. (1945). "The principles of classification and a classification of mammals.". Bulletin American Museum Natural History 85: 1–350.
3. ^ Grzimek, B. (1975). "Pygmy Possums". Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia. Volume 10. Mammals I. Melbourne: Van Nostrand Reinhold. p. 114.
4. ^ Iredale, T. and Troughton, E.L.G (1934). "A checklist of the mammals recorded from Australia". Australian Museum Memoir 6: 1–122.
5. ^ Wakefield, N.A. (1963). "The Australian pigmy possums". The Victorian Naturalist 80: 99–116.
6. ^ McKay, G.M. (1988). "Burramyidae". In Eds J.L. Bannister, J.H. Calaby, L.J. Dawson, J.K. Ling, J.A. Mahoney, G.M. McKay, B.J Richardson, W.D.L. Ride and D. W. Walton. Zoological Catalogue of Australia 5. Mammalia. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service. pp. 98–102.
7. ^ Harris, J.M. (2006). "The discovery and early natural history of the eastern pygmy-possum, Cercartetus nanus (Geoffroy and Desmarest, 1817)". Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 127: 107–124.
8. ^ Afp.google.com, Two new mammals found in Indonesian 'lost world': green group

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