Northern Common Cuscus Skull


The Northern Common Cuscus is a pouched marsupial native to New Guinea and surrounding islands. They are nocturnal and primarily a fruit eater & occasionally prey on small vertebrates and insects.


Northern Common Cuscus Skull Replica measures 2.5 inches. Northern Common Cuscus Skull is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. Cast of an original California Academy of Sciences specimen. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Skull replica is Male. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull.

The size of Northern Common Cuscus or Phalanger orientalis varies between species, but the average body length is 18 in. with a tail that may be the same length.

Phalanger orientalis have a rounded head with a short, pointed snout, and large eyes, which can be red, orange, yellow, or pale blue. Their ears are small and often hidden by their thick, woolly fur.

The northern common cuscus or Phalanger orientalis, also known as the grey cuscus, is a species of marsupial in the family Phalangeridae native to northern New Guinea and is now also found in the Bismarck Archipelago, southeast and central Moluccas, the Solomons, and Timor, where it is believed to have been introduced in prehistoric times from New Guinea.

The northern common cuscus or Phalanger orientalis normally inhabits disturbed habitats. These would include secondary forest, plantations, and gardens. Phalanger orientalis is also found in primary tropical forest.

While living in the arboreal environments, hunters in the area believe that the tree hollows are the preferred den site of the cuscus.

The Northern common cuscus or Phalanger orientalis inhabits the islands of Timor, specifically Indonesia and Timor Leste, Wetar and Leti through the Kai Islands and Ambon, Buru, and Seram.

Phalanger orientalis is also found in Misool, Waigeo, Batanta, and Salawati. It ranges as far east as the Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea, where it is present on many islands including the islands of New Britain and New Ireland.

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Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 2.5 in
Northern Common Cuscus Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Phalangeridae
Genus: Phalanger
Species: P. orientalis
Binomial name: Phalanger orientalis
Conservation status: Least concern