Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is known only from Pulau Taliabu and adjacent Pulau Mangole in the Sula Archipelago (Indonesia), but is absent from Pulau Sanana, where only the introduced R. tanezumi and R. exulans are found (Flannery 1995; Musser and Carleton 2005). It occurs from the lowlands to possibly around 1,200 m.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
The species is present in lowland tropical forest, and has been collected in secondary growth and coco plantations, although it is not known if it can persist in these modified habitat and it is possible that the localities may have been close to relatively undisturbed forest.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
NT
Near Threatened

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
Helgen, K. & Aplin, K.

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

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Justification
Listed as Near Threatened, because although the species is abundant within its small range, and may not be declining, its extent of occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable under criterion B1. Further studies are needed to determine if this species can persist in modified habitats.

History
  • 1996
    Vulnerable
    (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)
  • 1996
    Vulnerable
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Population

Population
It is a common species on Taliabu island.

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Threats

Major Threats
It may be threatened by habitat loss through logging and conversion of land to agricultural use. It is also potentially threatened by competition by introduced Rattus species.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It is not known if the species is present in any protected areas. Further research is needed into the response of this species to habitat disturbance.
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Wikipedia

Sula rat

The Sula Rat (Rattus elaphinus) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found only in Indonesia.

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