Grandidier's tufted-tailed rat

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Grandidier's tufted-tailed rat
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Nesomyidae
Genus: Eliurus
Species: E. grandidieri
Binomial name
Eliurus grandidieri
Carleton & Goodman, 1998
Eliurus grandidieri range map.svg
2011 range

Grandidier's tufted-tailed rat (Eliurus grandidieri) is a species of rodent from the family Nesomyidae. Morphological evidence suggests that Grandidier's tufted-tailed rat is most closely related to Petter's tufted-tailed rat, E. petteri.[2] However, Grandidier's tufted-tailed rat is the smaller of the two species.

Distribution and range[edit]

Grandidier's tufted-tailed rat is endemic to Madagascar.[1] It normally lives in middle to upper montane forests between the heights of 1,250 and 1,875 m (4,101 and 6,152 ft).[2] It resides in both the Northern Highlands and the northern part of the Central Highlands in eastern Madagascar.[2]

Habitat and ecology[edit]

Grandidier's tufted-tailed rat is present in sclerophyllous forest and is presumed to be a partly scansorial species.[1] The species is forest depended and has not been captured outside of forest or in alpine grasslands, though it may occur just below the tree line.[1]

Female Grandidier's tufted-tailed rats are believed to give birth to up to three young.[1]

Conservation status[edit]

Grandidier's tufted-tailed rat is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List due to its widely dispersed localities.[1] The population trend of the species, however, is unknown.[1] There is deforestation in the habitat of the Grandidier's tufted-tailed rat for conversion to cultivated land, but there is not enough population loss from this deforestation for the species to be listed as more threatened.[1] There is sufficient evidence that all species from the family Nesomyidae, especially those that commonly live upwards of 800 m (2,600 ft), are susceptible to a 100 percent mortality rate from plagues carried by introduced rodents, and these seem to be localized events.[1] The species is located in three protected areas: the Anjanaharibe-Sud and Manongarivo Special Reserves and the Marojejy National Park.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Goodman, S. & Rakotondravony, D. (2008). "Eliurus grandidieri". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Musser, G. G.; Carleton, M. D. (2005). "Superfamily Muroidea". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 949. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.