Lang Bian White-Bellied Rat (Niviventer langbianis)




Range Description:

This species is found in Myanmar, Thailand (North of the Isthmus of Kra), Southwestern Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam, and northeastern India (Margherita in Assam [Molur et al. 2005]). It is present in southern China (a single site in Yunnan) (Smith and Xie 2008). It has an altitudinal range of roughly 200 to 1,600 m asl.
Countries: Native:
China; India; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Myanmar; Thailand; Vietnam


 In Southeast Asia, it is widespread but not particularly abundant at any site. There is no information available on the population abundance of this species in South Asia (Molur et al. 2005).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology:

This species is arboreal, but commonly captured on the ground. It is primarily found in tropical evergreen rainforest formations, but there are records from mixed deciduous seasonal forest (Marshall 1977). Throughout its range, this species is found with N. fulvescens in the same habitats (Musser and Carleton, 2005). It can be found in lightly disturbed, but not secondary forest (Guy Musser pers. comm.). In South Asia, it can be found in both primary and secondary habitat (Molur et al. 2005)
Systems: Terrestrial

 Major Threat(s):

The habitat of this species is generally being deforested over its range for timber, firewood and conversion to agricultural land.

 Conservation Actions:

 It is presumably present in several protected areas. It is not known from any protected area in India. It is listed in the Schedule V (considered as vermin) of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. General field surveys, research into the natural history and monitoring of populations are recommended for this species (Molur et al. 2005).