Short-footed Luzon tree rat

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Short-footed Luzon Tree Rat
Carpomys phæurus and Carpomys malanurus.jpg
The lower rodent is the Short-footed Luzon Tree Rat
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Carpomys
Species: C. melanurus
Binomial name
Carpomys melanurus
Thomas, 1895

The Short-footed Luzon Tree Rat or Greater dwarf cloud rat (Carpomys melanurus) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found only in the Philippines especially in northern luzon. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

This species was long thought to be extinct. In 2008, Filipino researchers including Dr. Danilo Balete found a specimen in the canopy of Mount Pulag National Park, the first scientifically observed individual of the species since 1896.[1] The captured individual was "about 185 grams and has dense soft reddish-brown fur, a black mask around large dark eyes, small rounded ears, a broad and blunt snout and a long tail covered with dark hair".[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mammal believed extinct found in mossy forest". CBC News. 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2008-05-02.