Berylmys bowersi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Berylmys bowersi
Species Authority: (Anderson, 1879)
Common Name(s):
English Bower's White-toothed Rat, Bower’s Rat
Taxonomic Notes: Requires taxonomic revision (Musser and Carleton 2005).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Aplin, K., Lunde, D. & Molur, S.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern as the species is widespread and locally abundant, at least in areas with suitable tree cover. It is present in several protected areas, and they are not likely to be declining at a rate to warrant listing in a threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is recorded from China (Yunnan and Sichuan to Zhejiang and Fujian [Smith and Xie 2008]), north-east India (Agrawal, 2000), north and central Myanmar, northern and peninsular Thailand, northern Lao PDR, Viet Nam, Malay Peninsula, and Medan in north-west Sumatra, Indonesia (see Musser and Carleton 2005). Appears to have a wide elevational range 600-1,800 m (Molur et al. 2005).
China; India; Indonesia; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Malaysia; Myanmar; Thailand; Viet Nam
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Population [top]

Population: Common and locally abundant, albeit patchily distributed.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: In general this species is present in a wide variety of habitats where there is suitable continuous tree cover, from forest to plantations. In South Asia, it occurs in temperate and subtropical montane forests, and is found in burrows in cultivated fields, disturbed primary and secondary forests, abandoned jhum (shifting agriculture), scrub, moist deciduous and evergreen patches (Molur et al. 2005).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It might possibly be threatened in some parts of its range where there has been extensive forest loss.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is presumably present in several protected areas. It is not known from any of the protected areas within its range in South Asia (Molur et al. 2005). Further taxonomic work is required to determine whether populations on the Malay peninsula south of the Isthmus of Kra may be a separate species. It is listed in the Schedule V (considered as vermin) of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

Citation: Aplin, K., Lunde, D. & Molur, S. 2008. Berylmys bowersi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 02 April 2015.
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