Location: Papua New Guinea
This species of tree rat known by the name D’entrecasteaux Archipelago Pogonomys was collected at the “oak-rainforest transition” (Flannery 1995). An additional animal was collected climbing in vegetation close to a village (Flannery 1995).
The D’entrecasteaux Archipelago Pogonomys has a long name but a very small body. This tiny and cute tree rat lives in the rainforests of #PapuaNewGuinea and is #endangered by #mining and #palmoil #deforestation. Say no to palm oil and #Boycott4WildlifeTweet
Forest clearance is a serious problem for this species. The islands are being converted to grassland (perhaps entirely) through subsistence farming. This species is assessed as Endangered because of their extent of occurrence (EOO) is approximately 4,922 km², all individuals occur in fewer than six locations, there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat through deforestation, and the population size is presumed to be decreasing as a result of habitat loss. The species does appear to be tolerant of some disturbance, but this needs to be confirmed.
Wright, D & Leary, T. 2016. Pogonomys fergussoniensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T136763A22431006. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-2.RLTS.T136763A22431006.en. Downloaded on 31 January 2021.
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