Microperoryctes longicauda


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Microperoryctes longicauda
Species Authority: (Peters & Doria, 1876)
Common Name(s):
English Striped Bandicoot
French Péramèle-souris Rayé
Taxonomic Notes: Microperoryctes longicauda, as currently defined, represents a species complex. It incorporates at least two biological species: a western taxon (M. l. longicauda, including M. l. dorsalis), and an eastern one (M. l. ornata, including M. l. magna); their ranges overlap in the Star Mountains of Papua New Guinea (K. Helgen pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Leary, T., Wright, D., Hamilton, S., Singadan, R., Menzies, J., Bonaccorso, F., Helgen, K., Seri, L., Aplin, K., Dickman, C. & Salas, L.
Reviewer(s): Lamoreux, J. & Hilton-Taylor, C. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category. Once the taxonomy is fully resolved it is probable that the true M. longicauda will remain listed as Least Concern, but other resulting species could be threatened.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs throughout the mountains of central New Guinea (Indonesia and Papua New Guinea) and the Arfak mountains (Indonesia). It ranges from 1,000 to 3,950 m asl.
Indonesia; Papua New Guinea
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Population [top]

Population: It is a very abundant species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The Striped Bandicoot occurs in mid-montane and montane tropical moist forests and subalpine grasslands. It can be found in both primary and secondary forest. Females have been recorded with three or four young (Flannery 1995).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by hunting for food, especially with dogs. It is also threatened by predation by feral dogs.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in several protected areas.

Citation: Leary, T., Wright, D., Hamilton, S., Singadan, R., Menzies, J., Bonaccorso, F., Helgen, K., Seri, L., Aplin, K., Dickman, C. & Salas, L. 2008. Microperoryctes longicauda. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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