|Scientific Name:||Melomys talaudium|
|Species Authority:||(Thomas, 1921)|
|Taxonomic Notes:||Melomys talaudium is morphologically similar to Melomys leucogaster (Menzies 1996). Originally it was described as a species, but Rümmler (1938) and Ellerman (1941) treated talaudium as a subspecies of M. leucogaster, Musser and Carleton (1993) listed it in the synonymy of that species, and Laurie and Hill (1954) arranged it as a subspecies of M. fulgens. Tate (1951) recognized talaudium as a distinct species as have Flannery (1995) and Menzies (1996). It is sympatric with M. caurinus, which has a shorter tail relative to head and body length, suggesting that M. caurinus may be terrestrial and M. talaudium arboreal (Flannery 1995, Thomas 1921).|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Endangered B1ab(ii,iii) ver 3.1|
|Contributor(s):||Helgen, K. & Aplin, K.|
Melomys taladium is endemic to Indonesia. it is assessed as Endangered as it has an extent of occurrence (EOO) of approximately 1,577 km², is known from only two locations, and is believed to be undergoing continuing decline in its area of occupancy and the extent and quality of its habitat caused by deforestation.
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|Range Description:||This species is found only on Karakeland and Salebabu in the Talaud Islands, Indonesia (Helgen 2003).|
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|Population:||It is known only from a handful of specimens, and there is no information available on current population status.|
|Current Population Trend:||Decreasing|
|Habitat and Ecology:||This species is sympatric with Melomys caurinus. It is thought (due to tail size) that Melomys talaudium is arboreal, and M. caurinus is terrestrial, while other similarities point towards a common ancestor between these two species (Flannery 1995; Musser and Carleton 2005).|
|Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:||Yes|
|Major Threat(s):||The major threat is likely to be habitat loss as a result of deforestation due to logging. It may also be impacted by competition with introduced murids.|
|Conservation Actions:||It is present in Karakelang Utara dan Selatan Wildlife Reserve. There is a need for further survey work to determine the current population status of this species.|
Ellerman, J.R. 1941. The families and genera of living rodents. Vol. II. Family Muridae. British Museum (Natural History), London, UK.
Flannery, T.F. 1995. Mammals of the South-west Pacific and Mollocan Islands. Reed Books, Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia.
Flannery, T.F. 1995. Mammals of the South-West Pacific and Moluccan Islands. Australian Museum/Reed Books, Chatswood.
Helgen, K.M. 2003. A review of the rodent fauna of Seram, Moluccas, with the description of a new subspecies of mosaic-tailed rat, Melomys rufescens paveli. Journal of Zoology (London) 261: 165-172.
IUCN. 2016. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016-3. Available at: www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 07 December 2016).
Laurie, E.M.O. and Hill, J.E. 1954. List of land mammals of New Guinea, Celebes and adjacent islands 1758-1952. Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History), London, UK.
Menzies, J.I. 1996. A systematic revision of Melomys (Rodentia: Muridae) of New Guinea. Australian Journal of Zoology 44: 367-426.
Musser, G.G. and Carleton, M.D. 1993. Family Muridae. In: D.E. Wilson and D.A. Reeder (eds), Mammal species of the world: A taxonomic and geographic reference, pp. 501-736. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, USA.
Musser, G.G. and Carleton, M.D. 2005. Superfamily Muroidea. In: D.E. Wilson and D.A. Reeder (eds), Mammal Species of the World: a geographic and taxonomic reference, pp. 894-1531. The John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA.
Rümmler, H. 1938. Die Systematik und Verbreitung der Muriden Neuguineas. Mitteilungen aus dem Zoologische Museum 23: 1-297.
Tate, G.H.H. 1951. Results of the Archbold Expeditions. No. 65. The rodents of Australia and New Guinea. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 97: 183-430.
Thomas, O. 1921. On a collection of rats and shrews from the Dutch East Indian Islands. Treubia 2: 109-114.
|Citation:||Clayton, E. 2016. Melomys talaudium. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T136320A22421020.Downloaded on 17 January 2017.|
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