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Melomys matambuai

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA MURIDAE

Scientific Name: Melomys matambuai
Species Authority: Flannery, Colgan & Trimble, 1994
Common Name(s):
English Manus Melomys

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(i,ii,iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Leary, T., Singadan, R. & Wright, D.
Reviewer(s): Lamoreux, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
Justification:
Listed as Endangered as it has an extent of occurrence of less than 1,800 km², and the habitat is being fragmented by expanding plantations and human settlement. If the species is found to tolerate habitat disturbance, it may warrant downlisting.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the island of Manus, Papua New Guinea (Flannery 1995).
Countries:
Native:
Papua New Guinea
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Population [top]

Population: It is only known from two specimens (Flannery 1995), but there have been further collections in 2004 (but these are not yet confirmed).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It seems to be a largely arboreal species, and has been recorded in forested areas including a cacao plantation (Flannery 1995).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Much of the island has been, and continues to be, cleared for plantations and human settlement. Only the areas at higher elevation are still intact.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no protected areas on the island. Further studies are needed into the distribution, abundance, natural history, and threats to this species.

Citation: Leary, T., Singadan, R. & Wright, D. 2008. Melomys matambuai. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 July 2014.
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