Melomys dollmani


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Melomys dollmani
Species Authority: Rümmler, 1935
Common Name(s):
English Dollman’s Melomys, Long-tailed Melomys, Slender Mosaic-tailed Rat
Taxonomic Notes: This species was formerly considered to be a subspecies of Melomys rufescens, but is now considered to be distinct (Musser and Carleton 2005). It has often been listed as M. gracilis (e.g., Musser and Carleton 1993; Flannery 1995).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Leary, T., Singadan, R., Menzies, J., Helgen, K., Wright, D., Allison, A., Aplin, K. & Dickman, C.
Reviewer(s): Lamoreux, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
Listed as Least Concern as it is relatively widespread and common with no major threats. It occurs in degraded areas so it is tolerant to disturbance.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Papua New Guinea where it occurs in the central highlands and in the south-east of the country. It has been recorded between 1,000 and 1,800 m asl.
Papua New Guinea
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Population [top]

Population: The species is common.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is an arboreal species inhabiting montane tropical moist forest. It occurs in secondary and degraded forest.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known if it is present in any protected areas. Further studies are needed into the distribution, natural history, and threats to this species.

Citation: Leary, T., Singadan, R., Menzies, J., Helgen, K., Wright, D., Allison, A., Aplin, K. & Dickman, C. 2008. Melomys dollmani. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 30 March 2015.
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