Rattus feliceus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Rattus feliceus
Species Authority: Thomas, 1920
Common Name(s):
English Spiny Seram Island Rat, Spiny Ceram Rat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Helgen, K. & Aplin, K.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Near Threatened since although its extent of occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, its habitat might be declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable under criterion B1. However, the range is probably not fragmented, and the species presumably occurs at more than ten locations.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species has been recorded at three localities on Seram (Teloeti Bay on the south coast, near Piliana Village in south-central Seram, and on Gunung Manusela), the elevational range is from sea level to 1,830 m (Helgen 2003). Although the distribution is incompletely known, it almost certainly occurs throughout the island.
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Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):1830
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Population [top]

Population:It is known from eight specimens collected at three sites (Helgen 2003).
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species seems to be largely terrestrial (Helgen 2003). This species has been recorded from moderately disturbed mid-elevation rainforest in precipitous limestone country (Helgen 2003). This is the largest known rat on Seram.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by logging, especially in lowland areas. It can persist in some moderately disturbed areas. It is also threatened by competition with the introduced Rattus rattus.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from Manusela National Park. Studies are needed into the persistence of this species in modified habitats, and also into the general habitat use by the species.

Citation: Helgen, K. & Aplin, K. 2008. Rattus feliceus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T19331A8854790. . Downloaded on 18 August 2017.
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