Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is endemic to the island of New Guinea (Papua New Guinea). It has been recorded from the Eastern Highlands and the Huon Peninsula. It is found between 1,200 and 2,800 m asl.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species has been found in mature and late-regrowth tropical forest. Animals have been collected from a burrow close to a stream (Flannery 1995).

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
Leary, T., Singadan, R., Menzies, J., Helgen, K., Wright, D., Allison, A. & Aplin, K.

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

Contributor/s

Justification
Listed as Least Concern because, although the species is not commonly recorded, it has an extent of occurrence of >20,000 km2, lacks major threats, and is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
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Population

Population
It is rarely collected, so it may not be that common.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
There appear to be no major threats to this species. It is eaten, but this is not a major threat.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It is not known if the species is present in any protected areas. Further studies are needed into the distribution, abundance, taxonomy, natural history, and threats to this species.
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Wikipedia

Ernst Mayr's water rat

Distribution map of L. ernstmayri and other species of Leptomys on New Guinea

Ernst Mayr's Water Rat (Leptomys ernstmayri) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae, named for evolutionary biologist Ernst Mayr. It is found in the Foja Mountains of Papua Province, Indonesia, and in the mountains of northeastern Papua New Guinea.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Musser, Guy G.; Helgen, Kristofer M.; Lunde, Darrin P. (2008). "Systematic review of New Guinea Leptomys (Muridae, Murinae) with descriptions of two new species". American Museum Novitates 3624: 1–60. doi:10.1206/587.1. hdl:10088/7873.  edit


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