Manus Island mosaic-tailed rat

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Manus Island mosaic-tailed rat
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Melomys
Species: M. matambuai
Binomial name
Melomys matambuai
Flannery, Colgan & Trimble, 1994

The Manus Island mosaic-tailed rat or Manus melomys (Melomys matambuai) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is endemic to the island of Manus in Papua New Guinea where it occurs in forest habitats and is largely arboreal.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has assessed its conservation status as being "endangered" because the natural forest on the island is progressively being cleared and the total area of occurrence of this species is less than 1,800 km2 (690 sq mi).[2]


  1. ^ Leary, T. & Wright, D (2016). "Melomys matambuai". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T136522A22421603. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T136522A22421603.en. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  2. ^ Leary, T.; Singadan, R.; Wright, D. (2008). "Melomys matambuai". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 2014-10-26.