Carpomys melanurus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Muridae

Scientific Name: Carpomys melanurus Thomas, 1895
Common Name(s):
English Large Luzon Carpomys, Short-footed Luzon Tree Rat

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-08-10
Assessor(s): Kennerley, R.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Contributor(s): Duya, A., Balete, D.S., Heaney, L., Rosell-Ambal, R.G.B., Tabaranza, B. & Ong, P.
Listed as Data Deficient in view of the absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to the Philippines and is known only from the type locality, Mt. Data, Benguet Province, Luzon (Heaney et al. 1998). A survey of Mt. Amuyao failed to find the species (Rickart et al. 2016). It is possible that the species may be widespread in the extensive mossy forest that remains in the Cordillera (L. Heaney pers. comm.).
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):2200
Upper elevation limit (metres):2500
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:There is very little known about population or local abundance of this species. It may be locally common (Thomas 1898; Heaney et al. 1998). It is known from four specimens in the original collection from 1895 and another two taken later that year, there have been no surveys for this species since then and it has not been collected again (L. Heaney pers. comm). There is little information about this species, because it is difficult to trap as it lives in the canopy (L. Heaney pers. comm.).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The specimens were collected from mossy and upper montane forest at high elevation, from 2,200 to 2,500 m. (Largen 1985; Thomas 1898). It is likely to be an arboreal and forest dependent species (L. Heaney pers. comm).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The region of the type locality at Mt. Data has been largely converted to vegetable farms although there are other mossy, montane forests nearby where this species may occur (L. Heaney pers. comm).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in protected areas throughout its range. Surveys using appropriate sampling techniques are required to determine where this species may occur.

Errata [top]

Errata reason: This errata assessment has been created because the map was accidentally left out of the version published previously.

Citation: Kennerley, R. 2016. Carpomys melanurus. (errata version published in 2017) The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T3917A115067010. . Downloaded on 19 September 2017.
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