Batomys hamiguitan

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Theria
Infraclassis: Placentalia
Ordo: Rodentia
Subordo: Myomorpha
Superfamilia: Muroidea
Familia: Muridae
Subfamilia: Murinae
Genus: Batomys
Species: Batomys hamiguitan

Name

Batomys hamiguitan Balete, Heaney, Rickart, Quidlat & Ibanez, 2008

References

* Balete, D.S.; Heaney, L.R.; Rickart, E.A.; Quidlat, R.S.; Ibanez, J.C. 2008: A new species of Batomys (Mammalia: Muridae) from eastern Mindanao Island, Philippines. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 121: 411-428.

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The Hamiguitan Hairy-tailed Rat, Batomys hamiguitan, is a species of rodent in the Muridae family. It is found only in Philippines. is a yellow-brown animal with a long furry tail, weighs about 175 grams, and is related to several other species known in Central Mindanao, Dinagat Island and Luzon. It lives only in an area that’s at least 950 meters high, and in dwarf mossy forests less than 10 square kilometers.

The animal was discovered in May 2006.[1] According to team leader and lead author Danilo Balete, "Hamiguitan batomys is the first mammal to be described from Eastern Mindanao, and the first thought to live only in that area."

This species corroborates the hypothesis that the island of Mindanao has multiple centers of endemism, of which the southeastern highland of Mount Hamiguitan is one.

References

* Danilo S. Balete, Lawrence R. Heaney,, Eric A. Rickart, Roselyn S. Quidlat, and Jason C. Ibanez. 2008. A new species of Batomys (Mammalia: Muridae) from eastern Mindanao Island, Philippines. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 121(4):411-428. 2008 doi: 10.2988/07-47.1
* New Rat Species Found on Philippine Island, 18 February 2009, discovery.co.uk
* New rodent found in Davao New rodent found in Davao, 19 February 2009, Manila Standard

1. ^ http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=441611

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