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Long footed water rat

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Rodentia
Genus  Leptomys
Higher classification  Leptomys
Phylum  Chordata
Family  Muridae
Scientific name  Leptomys elegans
Rank  Species
Long-footed water rat
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The long-footed water rat (Leptomys elegans) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found in the mountains of southern Papua New Guinea. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry forests.

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Distribution and habitat

The long-footed water rat is endemic to the eastern half of the island of New Guinea. Its range includes the Owen Stanley Range, Mount Dayman, Mount Sisa, and Mount Victory in Papua New Guinea, and its altitudinal range extends from 400 to 1,600 m (1,300 to 5,200 ft). Relatively few specimens of this rat have been observed, and its habitat includes secondary forest and old gardens, and it is presumed to be also present in primary forest.

Status

No particular threats are known for this species. It is sometimes hunted, presumably for food, but this is unlikely to be of much significance to the species. Previously classified as "critically endangered", the long-footed water rat has been found to have a much wider distribution and to be more plentiful than was once thought and has been reclassified as "least concern".

References

Long-footed water rat Wikipedia


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