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Species profile—Trichosurus vulpecula (common brushtail possum)


Animalia (animals) → Mammalia (mammals) → Phalangeridae (Brushtail Possums, Cuscuses & Scaly-tailed Possum) → Trichosurus vulpecula (common brushtail possum)

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Animalia (animals)
Mammalia (mammals)
Phalangeridae (Brushtail Possums, Cuscuses & Scaly-tailed Possum)
Scientific name
Trichosurus vulpecula (Kerr, 1792)
Common name
common brushtail possum
Type reference
Kerr, R. (1792). The Animal Kingdom, or zoological system, of the celebrated Sir Charles Linnaeus; Class1. Mammalia: containing a complete systematic description, arrangement, and nomenclature, of all the known species and varieties of the Mammalia, or animals which give suck to their young; being a translation of that part of the Systema Naturae, as lately published, with great improvements, by Professor Gmelin of Goettingen. Together with numerous additions from more recent zoological writers, and illustrated with copper plates. J. Murray & R. Faulder, London. Volume 1.
WildNet taxon ID
Trichosurus johnstonii
Trichosurus vulpecula johnstoni
Trichosurus vulpecula johnsoni
Trichosurus vulpecula eburacensis
Trichosurus vulpecula vulpecula
Alternate name(s)
brushtail possum
bushy-tail possum
coppery brushtail
coppery brush-tailed possum
silver-grey possum
Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) status
Least concern
Conservation significant
Pest status
Agricultural Pest

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Last updated
8 March 2022