Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Maxomys whiteheadi
Species Authority: (Thomas, 1894)
Common Name(s):
English Whitehead’s Sundaic Maxomys, Whitehead's Spiny Rat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A2c ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Aplin, K., Lunde, D. & Ruedas, L.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Vulnerable as the species is believed to have undergone a decline of more than 30% over the last 10 years as inferred from rate of forest loss in the region, particularly in the lowlands of Sumatra and Borneo.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found in peninsular Thailand (south of the Isthmus of Kra), the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo, and other islands off the northern coast of Borneo (Musser and Carleton 2005).
Countries occurrence:
Brunei Darussalam; Indonesia; Malaysia; Thailand
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Population [top]

Population: It is common in appropriate habitats.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a terrestrial species found in forest, as well as in rice paddies (but only where surrounded by forest) (Payne et al. 1985). It is mostly a lowland species on Borneo, but can be found as high as 2,100 m (Md Nor 2001; Musser and Carleton 2005).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threat to this species is widespread habitat loss in the lowlands of Sumatra and Borneo.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is recorded from several protected areas, such as Mt. Kinabalu National Park.

Citation: Aplin, K., Lunde, D. & Ruedas, L. 2008. Maxomys whiteheadi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T12907A3397792. . Downloaded on 07 October 2015.
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