This species is endemic the upper Sepik River drainage, Papua New Guinea, where it is known only from the Telefomin and Tifalmin valleys ranging from 1,400 to 2,300 m (Musser and Carleton 2005). It is listed as a species that is unrecorded from Papua Province, Indonesia, but it is expected to occur here (Helgen 2007).
Habitat and Ecology
Habitat and Ecology
Presumably it is found in tropical moist forest. It is a scansorial species and lives in holes on the ground. It is tolerant of disturbed habitat and lives in rural gardens.
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
Leary, T., Singadan, R., Menzies, J., Wright, D., Aplin, K. & Helgen, K.
Lamoreux, J., Stuart, S.N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing doubts as to its taxonomic validity as well as uncertainty about its extent of occurrence. Its known extent of occurrence is less than 250 km2 and the extent and quality of its habitat are probably declining; however, it is a common species that is tolerant of the current levels of habitat disturbance, and its populations appear to be stable despite being hunted for subsistence use. If human populations continue rise in this area, and the taxonomic issues are resolved, this species could quickly qualify for a threatened category.
It is a common species within its restricted range.
This species has a small range size. It is killed by hunting dogs and actively hunted by local people for food. The altitudinal range of this species coincides with high human activity. If human population pressure increases in the area the species may begin to decline.
There are no protected areas within the range. This species needs further study on its taxonomy and distribution.
- Baillie, J. 1996. Pogonomys championi. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 19 July 2007.
- Musser, G. G.; Carleton, M. D. (2005). "Superfamily Muroidea". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 894–1531. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
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