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Dendrogale melanura

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA SCANDENTIA TUPAIIDAE

Scientific Name: Dendrogale melanura
Species Authority: (Thomas, 1892)
Common Name/s:
English Bornean Smooth-tailed Treeshrew, Bornean Smooth-tailed Tree Shrew
Spanish Tupaya De Borneo

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: Han, K.H. & Stuebing, R.
Reviewer/s: Hoffmann, M. & Chanson, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
This species does not appear to have been recorded since the early 1970s. A primarily montane species, it has probably undergone some declines due to loss of habitat, particularly at lower elevations, but the absence of any recent records hinders any reliable assessment of their status. This species is a priority for further survey work, pending which it may warrant listing in Near Threatened or higher.
History:
1996 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to montane Borneo where it is restricted to altitudes above 900 m (Payne et al. 1998) in Malaysian northern Borneo, including the mountains of north-eastern Sarawak and Mts. Kinabalu and Trus Madi in Sabah (Helgen 2005). Recorded from 1,200 m to elevations of 3,350 m (Corbet and Hill 1992).
Countries:
Native:
Brunei Darussalam; Indonesia; Malaysia
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Population [top]

Population: This species has not been recorded since the early 1970s. Between 1989 to 1991, three sessions of trappings at the area (Sinsuran Ridge, Sabah) where the animal was last caught in the early 1970s, failed to capture the animal (K.H. Han pers. comm.).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in submontane and montane pristine forest. This species needs undergrowth as it comes down to forage for insects (K. H. Han pers. comm.).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threat to this species is loss of habitat due to agricultural expansion and conversion of land to non-tree plantations at lower elevations.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in Crocker Range National Park (Sabah, Malaysia). It is listed on CITES Appendix II.
Citation: Han, K.H. & Stuebing, R. 2008. Dendrogale melanura. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 21 April 2014.
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