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Eliurus antsingy

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA NESOMYIDAE

Scientific Name: Eliurus antsingy
Species Authority: Carleton, Goodman & Rakotondravony, 2001
Common Name/s:
English Tsingy Tuft-tailed Rat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: Goodman, S. & Raherisehena, M.
Reviewer/s: Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
There is a need for survey of additional antsingy areas within the known distribution. Additionally, the taxonomic status of this species needs to be resolved. There are several known sites within protected areas, although these are still undergoing localized illegal deforestation. Due to the specific habitat that this species is found in, further work may reveal that it is under threat. The species is listed as Data Deficient, pending further survey work.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to western and northern Madagascar. It is currently known from three widely separate regions: the Bemaraha National Park; the Namoroka National Park; and the Ankarana Special Reserve and the Forest d'Ambilondambo near Daraina in the north of the island (Carleton and Goodman 2007). There has not been much survey work in the intervening tsingy forest, the species' specific habitat. All localities are at low elevations (50-550 m).
Countries:
Native:
Madagascar
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Population [top]

Population: Unknown. Known only from ten specimens (Carleton and Goodman 2007).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Originally believed restricted to limestone tsingy and associated forest habitat, but recent collections in the north have also recorded the species near massive metamorphic rock outcrops at the edge of transitional dry-humid forest (Carleton and Goodman 2007).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The tsingy habitat are at risk of degradation and removal for agriculture.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species has been found in the Bemaraha and Namoroka National Parks and in the Anakarana Special Reserve. Further survey work is needed to determine whether the species is more continuously distributed between recorded localities.
Citation: Goodman, S. & Raherisehena, M. 2008. Eliurus antsingy. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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