Overview

Distribution

Range Description

The species is endemic to the Philippines and is restricted to the island of Mindanao where it is known from Bukidnon province in the Mt. Kitanglad range and Davao del Sur province in the Mt. Apo mountain range, at an elevation range from 1,900 to 2,800 m (Heaney et al. 1998). It is probably more widespread than this, occurring in appropriate habitat across the Kamangkil-Lumut Mountain range (L. Heaney pers. comm.).
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Physical Description

Type Information

Type for Apomys hylocoetes Mearns, 1905
Catalog Number: USNM 125246
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Mammals
Sex/Stage: Female; Adult
Preparation: Skin; Skull
Collector(s): E. Mearns
Year Collected: 1904
Locality: Mount Apo, Mindanao, Philippines, Asia
Elevation (m): 1829
  • Type: Mearns, E. A. 1905 May 13. Proceedings of the United States National Museum. 28: 456.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This omnivorous species (L. Heaney pers. comm.) is uncommon in primary montane forest at 1,900 m and abundant in primary mossy forest from 2,250 m to 2,800 m (Heaney et al. unpubl. data; Musser 1982). The species does naturally occur in disturbed forest such as in landslides areas (L. Heaney pers. comm.).

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
Heaney, L. & Tabaranza, B.

Reviewer/s
Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)

Contributor/s

Justification
This species is listed as Least Concern because it is abundant, it occurs in a number of protected areas, and it is tolerant to some degree of habitat modification.

History
  • 1996
    Lower Risk/least concern
    (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)
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Population

Population
The species is abundant in the known habitats, the second most common small mammal in its habitat and the most common Muridae in these habitats (L. Heaney pers. comm.).

Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no major threats to this species, as deforestation is not occurring at the elevation range at which the species inhabits. Fires have occurred on Mt. Kitanglad and are potentially a threat here and on other peaks.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species is known from three National Parks: Mount Kitanglad, Mount Apo and Mount Kalatungan Range.
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Wikipedia

Mount Apo forest mouse

The Mount Apo forest mouse (Apomys hylocetes) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found only in the Philippines.

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