Long-footed water rat

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Long-footed water rat
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Leptomys
Species: L. elegans
Binomial name
Leptomys elegans
Thomas, 1897
Distribution map of L. elegans and other species of Leptomys on New Guinea

The long-footed water rat (Leptomys elegans) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found in the mountains of southern Papua New Guinea.[2] Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry forests.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The long-footed water rat is endemic to the eastern half of the island of New Guinea. Its range includes the Owen Stanley Range, Mount Dayman, Mount Sisa, and Mount Victory in Papua New Guinea, and its altitudinal range extends from 400 to 1,600 m (1,300 to 5,200 ft). Relatively few specimens of this rat have been observed, and its habitat includes secondary forest and old gardens, and it is presumed to be also present in primary forest.[1]


No particular threats are known for this species. It is sometimes hunted, presumably for food, but this is unlikely to be of much significance to the species. Previously classified as "critically endangered", the long-footed water rat has been found to have a much wider distribution and to be more plentiful than was once thought and has been reclassified as "least concern".[1]


  1. ^ a b c Leary, T.; Singadan, R.; Menzies, J.; Helgen, K.; Wright, D.; Allison, A.; Aplin, K.; Dickman, C. (2008). "Leptomys elegans". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Musser, Guy G.; Helgen, Kristofer M.; Lunde, Darrin P. (2008). "Systematic review of New Guinea Leptomys (Muridae, Murinae) with descriptions of two new species". American Museum Novitates. 3624: 1–60. doi:10.1206/587.1. hdl:10088/7873.