Rattus jobiensis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Rattus jobiensis
Species Authority: Rümmler, 1935
Common Name(s):
English Yapen Rat, Japen Rat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Leary, T., Singadan, R., Menzies, J., Wright, D., Aplin, K. & Helgen, K.
Reviewer(s): Lamoreux, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
Listed as Near Threatened because, although it is reasonably common within its small range, its extent of occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, and the extent and quality of its habitat are declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for a threatened category (under criterion B1). Further research into the response of this species to habitat degradation.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is restricted to Yapen, Biak-Supiori, and Owi islands of Indonesia. Its elevational range is from sea level to 600 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):600
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Population [top]

Population:It is a reasonably common species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It has been recorded from tropical moist forest, at the forest edge, in rural gardens, and within villages.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by deforestation of native forest, especially on the island of Biak. It is possibly threatened by competition with the introduced Rattus rattus.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known if this species is present in any protected areas. Further studies into the habitat requirements, ecology, and threats to this species are needed; most importantly, research should focus on how it responds to habitat degradation.

Citation: Leary, T., Singadan, R., Menzies, J., Wright, D., Aplin, K. & Helgen, K. 2008. Rattus jobiensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T19337A8855462. . Downloaded on 26 June 2017.
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