Australian Museum Journal Pogonomys championi n.sp., a new murid (Rodentia) from montane western Papua New Guinea

Shortform:
Flannery, 1988, Rec. Aust. Mus. 40(6): 333–341
Author(s):
Flannery, Tim F.
Year published:
1988
Title:
Pogonomys championi n.sp., a new murid (Rodentia) from montane western Papua New Guinea
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
40
Issue:
6
Start page:
333
End page:
341
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.40.1988.159
Language:
English
Date published:
31 December 1988
Cover date:
31 December 1988
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
MAMMALIA: RODENTIA; TAXONOMY; NEW GUINEA
Digitized:
22 January 2009
Available online:
01 April 2009
Reference number:
159
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Title page:
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Complete work:
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Abstract

Pogonomys championi n.sp. is a medium-sized montane Pogonomys with grey-based ventral fur. It shares similarities with both Pogonomys macrourus and Pogonomys sylvestris, but also has some unique features. Thus far P. championi n.sp. is known only from the Telefomin and Tifalmin Valleys, Papua New Guinea, at altitudes of between 1,400 and 2,300 m. At these localities the species is common, and in the Telefomin area at the lower end of its altitudinal range, it is probably sympatric with P. macrourus.

Pogonomys championi
n.sp. nests communally underground, with up to seven individuals sharing a nest. They ascend into trees at night to feed.