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Admiralty Island Cuscus
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Common Name Manus Island Spotted Cuscus
Range Admiralty Islands of Papua New Guinea.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Diprotodontia
Family Phalangeridae
Genus Spilocuscus
Species Spilocuscus maculatus
Conservation Status
Near Threatened

The Admiralty Island Cuscus or Manus Island Spotted Cuscus (Spilocuscus kraemeri), is a species of cuscus in the Phalangeridae family. It is endemic to the Admiralty Islands of Papua New Guinea. It is the smallest member of the genus Spilocuscus, and the female has a black back, while the male has blackish spots on a white background. Both genders have rufous heads.

Listed as Near Threatened because, although it is common within its small range (its extent of occurrence is less than 2,000 km2), there is continuing decline in both quality of habitat and numbers of individuals, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable under criterion B. The increasing human population pressures and the low fecundity of this relatively long-lived animal are cause for concern. Populations of this species should be closely monitored.