Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is restricted to the slopes of Gunung Lampobatang at the southwest tip of Sulawesi (Indonesia), at elevations between 1,800 and 2,500 m (Musser and Carleton 2005). The record of this species from Tanko Salocco is incorrect, and refers to a specimen of Bunomys chrysocomus (G. Musser pers. comm.).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It is found in primary montane forest formations (Musser and Carleton 2005), and has not been recorded outside of this habitat.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
CR
Critically Endangered

Red List Criteria
B1ab(ii,iii)

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
Ruedas, L., Lunde, D. & Musser, G.

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

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Justification
Listed as Critically Endangered because although its extent of occurrence is presumably not much greater than 100 km2, all individuals are in a single location, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat.

History
  • 1996
    Endangered
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Population

Population
It can be common where it occurs.

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Threats

Major Threats
The species has a very restricted distribution, and is threatened by conversion of forest to agricultural use (such as passion flower cultivation), and small-scale logging. It is also considered to be threatened by competition from Rattus spp.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
The species occurs in the Gunung Lampobatang Protection Forest. Further dedicated surveys to study the habitats and ecology of this species are needed. There is a need to protect any remaining suitable habitat. Further studies are also needed to review the taxonomic relationship between this species and Bunomys crysocomus.
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Wikipedia

Heavenly hill rat

The Heavenly Hill Rat (Bunomys coelestis) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found only in Indonesia. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry forests. It is threatened by habitat loss.

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