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Chrotomys mindorensis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA MURIDAE

Scientific Name: Chrotomys mindorensis
Species Authority: Kellogg, 1945
Common Name/s:
English Lowland Chrotomys, Lowland Striped Shrew-rat, Mindoro Striped Rat
Taxonomic Notes: Taxonomic studies are needed. It is likely to be a species complex.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: Heaney, L. & Balete, D.
Reviewer/s: Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Near Threatened as although its range is within an area with widespread human dominated landscape, and there is a large past decline inferred from habitat loss, there is some habitat remaining, especially the highlands in Mindoro and the western mountain range on Luzon, and the species is tolerant of some habitat disturbance. The species almost meets the criteria for inclusion in the Vulnerable category A2c.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is recorded from Mindoro island and lowland central Luzon (Laguna, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, and Tarlac provinces) (Barbehenn et al. 1973; Heaney et al. 1998). It occurs from near sea level to about 2,020 m (Heaney et al. 1998; L. Heaney pers. comm.).
Countries:
Native:
Philippines
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Population [top]

Population: The species is thought to be fairly common as there are scattered, widespread records from Mindoro (L. Heaney pers. comm.).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species occurs in primary and secondary forest and occasionally in adjacent agricultural areas and cane grass (Barbehenn et al. 1973; Kellogg 1945; Musser et al. 1981; Rickart and Heaney 1991). It is tolerant of disturbance. It requires presence of earthworms (L. Heaney pers. comm.) and is often found along creeks.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although the species is tolerant of disturbed habitats, deforestation would be a major threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known if the species has been recorded from any protected areas. Further studies are needed into the distribution, abundance, natural history and threats to this species.
Citation: Heaney, L. & Balete, D. 2008. Chrotomys mindorensis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 April 2014.
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