Ilin Island cloudrunner

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Ilin Island cloudrunner
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Crateromys
Species: C. paulus
Binomial name
Crateromys paulus
Musser & Gordon, 1981
Distribution Crateromys.png
Range in dark blue

The Ilin Island cloudrunner (Crateromys paulus) is a critically endangered cloud rat from Ilin Island in the Philippines. It is called siyang by the Taubuwid Mangyan.[2] It is a fluffy-coated, bushy-tailed rat and may have emerged from tree hollows at night to feed on fruits and leaves. It is known from one specimen, collected on 4 April 1953, and presented to the National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. The island's forests have been destroyed by human activity. The cloudrunner is among the 25 “most wanted lost” species that are the focus of Global Wildlife Conservation’s “Search for Lost Species” initiative.[3]

References[edit]

  • 'A Gap in Nature' by Tim Flannery and Peter Schouten (2001), published by William Heinemann
  • Oliver, W.; Heaney, L.; Ong, P.; Rodriquez, J.C. (2008). "Crateromys paulus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved December 8, 2011. 
  • Musser, G. G. and M. D. Carleton. 2005. Superfamily Muroidea. pp. 894–1531 in Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.
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