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
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.[2] It is found only in the Philippines, specifically in northern Luzon. Its natural habitat is tropical moist montane forests.[1]

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.[3] 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".[3]

A short-footed Luzon tree rat seen along the Ambangeg trail of Mount Pulag in the Philippines at elevation of 2,620 m (8,600 ft) asl.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Heaney, L., Balete, D., Rosell-Ambal, G., Tabaranza, B. & Ong, P. (2008). "Carpomys melanurus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2008: e.T3917A10172176. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Musser, G.G.; Carleton, M.D. (2005). "Superfamily Muroidea". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 894–1531. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  3. ^ a b "Mammal believed extinct found in mossy forest". CBC News. 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2008-05-02.