Leptomys ernstmayri 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Leptomys ernstmayri Rümmler, 1932
Common Name(s):
English Ernst Mayr's Leptomys, Ernst Mayr's Water Rat
Taxonomic Notes: Two populations (one from southeastern Papua New Guinea and another from the Arfak range) have been attributed to this species, but these may represent undescribed species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-02-01
Assessor(s): Helgen, K., Leary, T. & Wright, D
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Allison, A., Aplin, K., Menzies, J. & Singandan, R
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Kennerley, R.
Listed as Least Concern because, although the species is not commonly recorded, the extent of occurrence (EOO) is grater than 20,000 km2, lacks major threats, and is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to the island of New Guinea. It has been recorded in montane forests of the eastern Central Cordillera (Aroa River to Mt. Karimui), reaches to the outlying mountains on the Huon Peninsula and the Adelbert Range, and also occurs in the isolated Foja Mountains of far western New Guinea (Musser et al. 2008). It is found between 1,200 and 2,800 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Indonesia (Papua); Papua New Guinea
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1200
Upper elevation limit (metres):2800
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Population [top]

Population:It is rarely collected, so it may not be that common.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species has been found in mature and late-regrowth tropical forest. Individuals have been collected from a burrow close to a stream (Flannery 1995).
Generation Length (years):1-2

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is used for food.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species. This species is eaten, but this is not a major threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known if the species is present in any protected areas. Further studies are needed into the distribution, abundance, taxonomy, natural history, and threats to this species.

Citation: Helgen, K., Leary, T. & Wright, D. 2016. Leptomys ernstmayri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T11692A22430490. . Downloaded on 15 October 2018.
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