|Scientific Name:||Anisomys imitator|
|Species Authority:||Thomas, 1904|
|Taxonomic Notes:||There have been no detailed taxonomic studies of Anisomys imitator, and this taxon may represent several species. Kris Helgen (pers. comm.), however, has looked at specimens and is satisfied that it is a single species.|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Assessor/s:||Leary, T., Seri, L., Flannery, T., Wright, D., Hamilton, S., Helgen, K., Singadan, R., Allison, A., James, R., Bonaccorso, F. & Aplin, K.|
|Reviewer/s:||Lamoreux, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)|
Listed as Least Concern because it is widespread throughout New Guinea with a low population density, but there is no inferred population decline.
|Range Description:||This species occurs along both sides of the Central Cordillera of the island of New Guinea (Indonesia and Papua New Guinea) (Flannery 1995). It has an altitudinal range of between 1,200 and 3,500 m asl.|
Native:Indonesia; Papua New Guinea
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|Population:||It is a naturally uncommon species.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||This species is found in tropical moist forest, and in secondary habitats and garden areas. It makes a terrestrial nest of foliage under ground cover (Flannery 1995).|
This species is threatened by competition, and possibly pathogen and parasite transmission, from the introduced species, Rattus rattus.
It is also hunted by local people for food and for its teeth, with the pelt taken as a by-product of this hunting, but this is not viewed as a major threat. It is adversely affected in parts of its range by conversion of forest habitat to cultivated land.
|Conservation Actions:||It has been recorded from some protected areas. It is legally hunted in some of the protected areas. Further studies are needed into the taxonomy of this species.|
|Citation:||Leary, T., Seri, L., Flannery, T., Wright, D., Hamilton, S., Helgen, K., Singadan, R., Allison, A., James, R., Bonaccorso, F. & Aplin, K. 2008. Anisomys imitator. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 19 April 2014.|
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