Eothenomys melanogaster


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Eothenomys melanogaster
Species Authority: (Milne-Edwards, 1871)
Common Name(s):
English Pére David's Vole, Père David's Vole

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Lunde, D., Musser, G. & Molur, S.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is present in northeastern South Asia, it is widespread in south China, and ranges into northern Southeast Asia. In India it has been recorded from Mishmi hills (Agrawal 2000) and upper catchment area of Noa Dihing river (S.S. Saha pers. comm.) in Arunachal Pradesh at over 300 m asl. In China, it has been recorded from Sichuan, Anhui, Guangdong, western Yunnan, southeastern Xizang, southern Gansu and southwestern Shaanxi (Smith and Xie 2008). It has been recorded from the island of Taiwan (Smith and Xie 2008). In Southeast Asia, it is present in northern Myanmar, extreme northwestern Viet Nam; and there is an isolated locality in Thailand that possibly represents a relictual population (Musser and Carleton 2005), there may be additional isolated populations of this species that have not been recorded. The species has a known altitudinal range of 700 to 3,000 m asl (Musser and Carleton 2005).
China; India; Myanmar; Taiwan, Province of China; Thailand; Viet Nam
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species in suitable habitat.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: In China it is found in temperate montane evergreen forest (pine and rhododendron), in southern parts of the range it is more likely to be associated with open or cultivated areas close to the forest edge. In South Asia found in tropical and subtropical montane, temperate forest, where it leads a subterranean life, found in the leaf litter on the forest floor. Frequents wooded jungles and grassy meadows (Agrawal, 2000) and transition zones between temperate broad leaved and subtropical forests (Molur et al. 2005).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threat to this species as a whole. In South Asia this species is locally threatened by habitat loss and degradation due to expansion of agriculture, small-scale logging, human settlements (Molur et al. 2005).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present within many protected areas. The isolated population in Thailand is present in Doi Inthanon National Park. In South Asia, it has been recorded in Namdapha National Park in Arunachal Pradesh, India (Molur et al. 2005).

Citation: Lunde, D., Musser, G. & Molur, S. 2008. Eothenomys melanogaster. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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