This poorly understood marsupial with distinct pale blue eyes is only known from two museum specimens, and a pet.
Its rarity and the threats it faces with massive deforestation of suitable habitat, hunting for food and collection as pets, classify this species as Critically Endangered. The family Phalangeridae comprises the brushtail possums (Trichosurus), scaly-tailed possum (Wyulda) and cuscuses (Phalanger, Strigocuscus, Spilocuscus andAilurops). Phalangerids originated in the rainforests of Australia by the early Miocene epoch, with early fossil species found in Tasmania and in the famous fossil deposits at Riversleigh in Queensland. Cuscuses were apparently represented by only a single uncommon species at Riversleigh and in Miocene Tasmania, but they have since become more successful and diverse.
- Order: Diprotodontia
- Family: Phalangeridae
- Population: Unknown
- Trend: decreasing
The blue-eyed spotted cuscus is endemic to the Biak and Supiori islands in Cenderawasih Bay, Indonesia.
Habitat and Ecology
The blue-eyed spotted cuscus has been recorded in lowland tropical moist forest. Very little is known of their ecology.