Eliurus grandidieri 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Nesomyidae

Scientific Name: Eliurus grandidieri Carleton & Goodman, 1998
Common Name(s):
English Grandidier's Tuft-tailed Rat
Taxonomic Notes: Will be transferred to family Nesomyidae.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-05-10
Assessor(s): Kennerley, R.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Goodman, S. & Rakotondravony, D.
Listed as Least Concern as this species is known from widely dispersed localities in the eastern forest, and although there is forest loss taking place throughout its range, this is not believed to be sufficient to warrant the listing of this species in a threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to Madagascar where it is generally found in montane areas (though there are a few records outside of montane areas) of the northern highlands and the eastern portion of the central highlands as far south as Moralambo. The distribution was previously thought to be discontinuous (Carleton 2003); however, sampling in appropriate habitats continues to reveal new localities. It occurs at elevations between 410 and 1,875 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):410
Upper elevation limit (metres):1875
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Population [top]

Population:This species can reach notably high densities in montane forest (Goodman and Carleton 1998, Carleton and Goodman 2000).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species occurs in lowland to montane sclerophyllous forest. It is presumably a partly scansorial species. The females are presumed to give birth to up to three young. This species is forest dependent, and has not been captured outside of forest. May occur to just below the tree line, and has not been captured in alpine grasslands.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by deforestation of its habitat for conversion to cultivated land. There is good evidence that all Nesomyinae species (especially those found over 800 m) are susceptible to 100% mortality from plague from introduced rodents; these seem to be localized events.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in the Anjanaharibe-Sud and Manongarivo Special Reserves and the Marojejy National Park.

Citation: Kennerley, R. 2016. Eliurus grandidieri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T29460A22238512. . Downloaded on 19 October 2017.
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