Hypsiprymnodon moschatus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Diprotodontia Hypsiprymnodontidae

Scientific Name: Hypsiprymnodon moschatus Ramsay, 1876
Common Name(s):
English Musky Rat Kangaroo
Taxonomic Notes: Was under the family Potoroidae, now placed in its own family.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2015-06-15
Assessor(s): Burnett, S., Winter, J. & Martin, R.
Reviewer(s): Johnson, C.N. & Hawkins, C.
Listed as Least Concern because, although its extent of occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, it is common, has a presumed large population, lacks major threats, is present in at least one protected area, and its population is not declining.
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Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to Australia, where it is restricted to the tropical forests of north-eastern Queensland (Dennis and Johnson 2008). It ranges from Mount Amos in the north to Mount Lee in the south (Dennis and Johnson 2008). It is found from sea level to around 1,100 m (S. Burnett pers. comm.).
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Upper elevation limit (metres):1100
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Population [top]

Population:This species is common and secure (Dennis and Johnson 2008).
Current Population Trend:Stable
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Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is found in lowland and highland wet tropical rainforests, and does not persist in forest fragments (Dennis and Johnson 2008). It is a diurnal, generally solitary, species that spends the night in nests (Dennis and Johnson 2008). The females give birth to one to four young (usually two) (Dennis and Johnson 2008).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known major threats to this species, although feral cats and dogs may be causing some localized declines. The species does not survive in forest fragments. Its former range has been reduced through conversion of tropical forest to agricultural and pastoral land, particularly in the coastal lowlands.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species is present in a number of protected areas, including national parks, forest reserves, and the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area (Dennis and Johnson 2008).

Citation: Burnett, S., Winter, J. & Martin, R. 2016. Hypsiprymnodon moschatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T40559A21963734. . Downloaded on 16 October 2018.
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