Paramelomys platyops


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Paramelomys platyops
Species Authority: (Thomas, 1906)
Common Name(s):
English Common Lowland Paramelomys, Lowland Mosaic-tailed Rat
Melomys platyops (Thomas, 1906)
Taxonomic Notes: This species was formerly included in the genus Melomys. Paramelomys platyops is a species complex. The populations from Cenderawasih Bay, for instance, likely represent an undescribed species (T. Flannery pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Wright, D., Singadan, R., Seri, L., Allison, A., Aplin, K., Helgen, K., James, R., Flannery, T. & Aplin, K.
Reviewer(s): Lamoreux, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, tolerance to habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is widespread over much of the island of New Guinea (Indonesia and Papua New Guinea), and has been recorded from a number of islands in Cenderawasih Bay (Indonesia), the Bismarck Archipelago, and Milne Bay (Papua New Guinea). It has been recorded from sea level to 1,000 m asl.
Indonesia; Papua New Guinea
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a terrestrial species that is common in disturbed forest habitats and close to villages. Females give birth to a single young.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This widespread species is presumed to occur in some protected areas.

Citation: Wright, D., Singadan, R., Seri, L., Allison, A., Aplin, K., Helgen, K., James, R., Flannery, T. & Aplin, K. 2008. Paramelomys platyops. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 29 March 2015.
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