Riama mosaic-tailed rat

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Riama mosaic-tailed rat
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Melomys
Species: M. howi
Binomial name
Melomys howi
Kitchener, 1996

The Riama mosaic-tailed rat (Melomys howi), is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found only on the island of Riama in Indonesia, a small island to the west of Selaru in the Tanimbar Islands. Very little is known about this species but it is possible that it is also present on some of the other islands in this group.[2]

The Riama mosaic-tailed rat is closely related and similar in appearance to the Papua grassland mosaic-tailed rat (Melomys lutillus). The International Union for Conservation of Nature has insufficient information on which to assess the conservation status of the Riama mosaic-tailed rat so it is listed as "data deficient".[2]


  1. ^ Gerrie, R. & Kennerley, R. (2016). "Melomys howi". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T136482A115208689. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T136482A22420946.en. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b Aplin, K.; Helgen, K. (2008). "Melomys howi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 2014-10-30.