Golden-backed tree rat

Golden-backed tree rat

Order : Rodentia
Suborder : Sciurognathi
Family : Muridae
Subfamily : Murinae
Species : Mesembriomys macrurus

 

The Golden-backed tree rat is listed as Vulnerable (VU), considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the goldenbacked tree rat
A young / baby of a goldenbacked tree rat is called a 'kitten, nestling, pinkie or pup'. The females are called 'doe' and males 'buck'. A goldenbacked tree rat group is called a 'colony, horde, pack, plague or swarm'.
Countries
Australia
Some facts about the
Golden-backed tree rat

Adult weight : 0.269 kg (0.5918 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 7 years

Gestation : 48 days

Weaning : 50 days

Litter size : 2

Source: AnAge, licensed under CC

Facts about the golden-backed tree rat

Golden-backed Tree-rat Mesembriomys macrurus is a large rodent (about 200 g), midway in size between two other large semi-arboreal tree-rat species occurring in northern Australia, the smaller Brush-tailed Tree-rat Conilurus penicillatus and the larger Black-footed Tree-rat Mesembriomys gouldii. (Full text)

Populations of surviving Golden Bandicoots and Golden-backed Tree-rats are recorded on a range of tenures including Defence Land, Aboriginal Land, Conservation Land and Unallocated Crown Land. (Full text)

The Golden-backed Tree-rat is listed nationally as Vulnerable as its range has declined substantially in WA and it is known from only three historic records in the NT. (Full text)

Today the Golden-backed Tree-rat is restricted to areas near the coast in the north Kimberley. (Full text)

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