Short-footed Luzon tree rat
|Short-footed Luzon Tree Rat|
|The lower rodent is the Short-footed Luzon Tree Rat|
The short-footed Luzon tree rat or greater dwarf cloud rat (Carpomys melanurus) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found only in the Philippines, specifically in northern Luzon. Its natural habitat is tropical moist montane forests.
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. 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".
- 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.
- 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.
- "Mammal believed extinct found in mossy forest". CBC News. 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2008-05-02.
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