Eliurus ellermani 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Nesomyidae

Scientific Name: Eliurus ellermani Carleton, 1994
Common Name(s):
English Ellerman's Tuft-tailed Rat
Taxonomic Notes: The distinctiveness of this taxon from Eliurus tanala has been questioned (Carleton and Goodman 2000). After recent extensive surveys of the Masoala Peninsula, no further specimens of this taxon have been located.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-05-10
Assessor(s): Kennerley, R.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Andrianjakavelo, V., Goodman, S. & Razafimahatratra, E.
This species is listed as Data Deficient as it is known from only two specimens from widely disparate localities, and there are continuing doubts about its taxonomic validity.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This taxon has been found in eastern Madagascar where it is known from two widely separated localities, 40 km north-west of Maroantsetra in the north and in the vicinity of Lohariandava in the south (Carleton 1994). It has been recorded at 400 m (Lohariandava) and 850 m asl (Maroantsetra).
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):400
Upper elevation limit (metres):850
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:It is known only from two specimens.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Little is known about the ecology of this taxon. Presumably it is an arboreal or scansorial animal of lowland and mid-altitude tropical rainforest.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Major threats to this species are unclear, but it is probably threatened by deforestation for cultivated land and extraction of forest products (timber and firewood). There is good evidence that all Nesomyinae species (especially those found over 800 m) are susceptible to 100% mortality from plague from introduced rodents - these seem to be localized events.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from the Masoala National Park. Further studies are needed into the taxonomy and distribution of this taxon.

Errata [top]

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

Citation: Kennerley, R. 2016. Eliurus ellermani (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T136325A115205656. . Downloaded on 25 May 2018.
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