Paramelomys platyops 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Paramelomys platyops (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: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-08-29
Assessor(s): Wright, D., Singadan, R., Seri, L., Allison, A., Aplin, K., Helgen, K., James, R., Flannery, T. & Aplin, K.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
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.
Previously published Red List assessments:

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.
Countries occurrence:
Indonesia; Papua New Guinea
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):1000
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:It is a common species.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

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.
Generation Length (years):1-2

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.

Errata [top]

Errata reason: This errata assessment has been created because the map was accidentally left out of the version published previously.

Citation: Wright, D., Singadan, R., Seri, L., Allison, A., Aplin, K., Helgen, K., James, R., Flannery, T. & Aplin, K. 2016. Paramelomys platyops (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T13129A115109069. . Downloaded on 26 May 2018.
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