Short-footed Luzon Tree Rat

Short-footed Luzon Tree Rat

Taxobox
name = Short-footed Luzon Tree Rat


image_caption = The lower rodent is the Short-footed Luzon Tree Rat
status = DD
status_system = IUCN2.3
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Mammalia
ordo = Rodentia
familia = Muridae
genus = "Carpomys"
species = "C. melanurus"
binomial = "Carpomys melanurus"
binomial_authority = Thomas, 1895
synonyms =
The Short-footed Luzon Tree Rat or Greater dwarf cloud rat ("Carpomys melanurus") is a species of rodent in the Muridae family.It is found only in the Philippines especially in nothern luzon. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montanes.

This species was long thought to be extinct. In 2008, Filipino researchers including dr.danilo balete found a specimen in the canopy of Mount Pulag National Park, the first scientifically observed individual of the species since 1896.Cite web
url=http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2008/05/02/rat.html
title=Mammal believed extinct found in mossy forest
publisher=CBC News
date=2008-05-02
accessdate=2008-05-02
] The captured individual was "about 185 grams and has dense soft reddish-brown fur, a black mask around large dark eyes, small rounded ears, a broad and blunt snout and a long tail covered with dark hair".

References

* Heaney, L. 1996. [http://www.iucnredlist.org/search/details.php/3917/all Carpomys melanurus] . [http://www.iucnredlist.org 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. ] Downloaded on 09 July 2007.
*Musser, G. G. and M. D. Carleton. 2005. Superfamily Muroidea. Pp. 894-1531 "in" Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.


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