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PHALANGERIDAE SKULLS

Phalangeridae Skulls
Phalangeridae Skulls
Phalangerids are relatively large, compared with other possums. The smallest species, the Sulawesi Bear Cuscus, is cat-sized, averaging 34 centimetres (13 in) in length, while the largest, the Black-spotted Cuscus is around 70 centimetres (28 in) long, and weighs 5 kilograms (11 lb). Besides the large size, other key features distinguishing phalangerids from other possums include the presence of bare skin on at least part of the tail, and low-crowned molar teeth. They have claws on the forefeet, but none on the hind feet, although these do have an opposable first toe to help grip onto branches. Additionally, in all but one species, both the first and second digits of the forefeet are opposable. The fur is typically dense or woolly, and may be grey, black, or reddish-brown, often with spots or stripes.




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Phalangeridae Skulls