|Scientific Name:||Dendrolagus lumholtzi Collett, 1884|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Near Threatened ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Woinarski, J. & Burbidge, A.A.|
|Contributor(s):||Kanowski, J., Martin, R. & Winter, J.|
Lumholtz’s Tree-kangaroo has a restricted distribution (extent of occurrence <20,000 km2 and area of occupancy < 2,000 km2). The number of locations is unknown but probably not substantially more than 10. The population size is >10,000 mature individuals. There is no reliable assessment of trends in population size, but limited information provides weak (and inconsistent) inference of continuing population decline. Declines over last, or next three generation period are unlikely to approach 30%, so are insufficient to qualify for criterion A.
|Previously published Red List assessments:|
|Range Description:||This species is present in the rainforests between Ingham and Mossman in north-eastern Queensland, Australia. It is now largely restricted to upland rainforests because of extensive clearing of lowland rainforests. Its area of occupancy has declined substantially in upland areas because of clearing of prime habitat on basalt soils on the Atherton Tableland. About 41,000 ha of the original 66,000 ha of this habitat cleared (Kanowski et al. 2003). The elevational range is sea level to 1,600 m asl.|
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Kanowski et al. (2001a) estimated that the 650 km2 of high altitude rainforest (>800 m a.s.l.) in the Wet Tropics World Heritage area supported 10,000 to 20,000 individuals, and this would represent the majority of the population.
|Current Population Trend:||Unknown|
|Habitat and Ecology:|
Lumholtz’s Tree-kangaroo is restricted mostly to rainforest habitats, but also extends along riparian vegetation through primarily open forest habitats, and less abundantly in wet sclerophyll forests along the western edge of the Atherton Tablelands (Kanowski et al. 2001a).
|Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:||No|
|Generation Length (years):||8|
|Movement patterns:||Not a Migrant|
|Major Threat(s):||Historically, the main threat has been reduction of habitat, but this has ceased with the declaration of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, and the species appears to have been able to persist in the mosaic of fragmented habitat (particularly where there are available habitat corridors). On the Atherton Tableland, increased fragmentation makes them more vulnerable to predation by dogs, although strategic reforestation on the Atherton Tableland opens the possibility of some recovery of its original area of occupancy in the future (Maxwell et al. 1996). In agricultural areas where it occurs, predation by dogs and road kills represent threats. Climate change and associated factors have been predicted to have a major detrimental impact on this species, acting directly or indirectly through reduction in rainforest area, reduction in foliar nitrogen concentration, habitat degradation due to increased incidence of severe cyclones, increased incidence of high temperatures, and reduced incidence of free water in mist (Kanowski 2001, 2004; Kanowski et al. 2001; Winter 2004).|
|Conservation Actions:||This species is present in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The species has been promoted as a flagship species, and it has a very high profile in the region where it occurs. Recommended conservation actions for this species, from Maxwell et al. (1996), include: monitor distribution and abundance; study habitat utilization and population dynamics in fragmented and regenerating rainforest habitats.|
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|Citation:||Woinarski, J. & Burbidge, A.A. 2016. Dendrolagus lumholtzi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T6432A21957815.Downloaded on 21 February 2018.|