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Rattus exulans  (Peale, 1848)
Taxonomic Serial No.: 180364

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Species  
  Synonym(s): Mus aemuli Thomas, 1896
    Epimys basilanus Hollister, 1913
    Mus bocourti Milne-Edwards, 1872
    Mus buruensis J. A. Allen, 1911
    Epimys calcis Hollister, 1911
    Mus clabatus Lyon, 1906
    Mus concolor Blyth, 1859
    Mus ephippium Jentink, 1880
    Epimys leucophaetus Hollister, 1913
    Mus luteiventris J. A. Allen, 1910
    Epimys mayonicus Hollister, 1913
    Togomys melanoderma Dieterlen, 1986
    Mus obscurus Miller, 1900
    Epimys ornatulus Hollister, 1913
    Mus pantarensis Mearns, 1905
    Mus pullus Miller, 1901
    Epimys querceti Hollister, 1911
    Rattus raveni Miller and Hollister, 1921
    Rattus schuitemakeri Sody, 1933
    Epimys stragulum Robinson and Kloss, 1916
    Mus surdus Miller, 1903
    Mus todayensis Mearns, 1905
    Epimys vigoratus Hollister, 1913
    Mus wichmanni Jentink, 1890
    Mus vulcani apicus Mearns, 1905
    Rattus concolor equile Robinson and Kloss, 1927
    Rattus raveni eurous Miller and Hollister, 1921
    Rattus concolor malengiensis Sody, 1941
    Rattus concolor meringgit Sody, 1941
    Mus ephippium negrinus Thomas, 1898
    Rattus concolor otteni Kopstein, 1931
    Rattus concolor solatus Kellogg, 1945
  Common Name(s): Polynesian rat [English]
    Little Rat [English]
    Pacific Rat [English]
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                      ClassMammalia Linnaeus, 1758 – mammifères, mamífero, mammals  
                         SubclassTheria Parker and Haswell, 1897  
                            InfraclassEutheria Gill, 1872  
                               OrderRodentia Bowdich, 1821 – esquilo, preá, rato, roedor, rongeurs, rodents  
                                  SuborderMyomorpha Brandt, 1855 – Rats, souris, Mice, Rats, Voles, Gerbils, Hamsters, Lemmings  
                                     SuperfamilyMuroidea Illiger, 1811  
                                        FamilyMuridae Illiger, 1811 – campagnols, rats, souris, mice, rats, voles  
                                           SubfamilyMurinae Illiger, 1811 – Old World rats, Old World mice  
                                              GenusRattus Fischer, 1803 – Old World Rats  
                                                 SpeciesRattus exulans (Peale, 1848) – Polynesian rat, Little Rat, Pacific Rat  

  Expert: Alfred L. Gardner  
  Notes: Curator of North American mammals and Chief of Mammal Section, National Biological Service, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, USA   
  Reference for: Rattus exulans    
  Expert: Guy G. Musser  
  Notes: Department of Mammology, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY 10024   
  Reference for: Rattus exulans    
  Expert: Michael D. Carleton  
  Notes: Department of Mammals, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC 20560   
  Reference for: Rattus exulans    
  Other Source(s):    
  Source: NODC Taxonomic Code, database (version 8.0)  
  Acquired: 1996   
  Reference for: Rattus exulans   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Banks, R. C., R. W. McDiarmid, and A. L. Gardner  
  Publication Date: 1987   
  Article/Chapter Title: Checklist of Vertebrates of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and Canada   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Resource Publication, no. 166   
  Page(s): 79   
  Publisher: United States Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service   
  Publication Place: Washington, D.C., USA   
  Reference for: Rattus exulans   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Ellerman, J. R., and T. C. S. Morrison-Scott  
  Publication Date: 1966   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Checklist of Palaearctic and Indian Mammals 1758 to 1946, 2nd edition   
  Page(s): 810   
  Publisher: Alden Press   
  Publication Place: Oxford, England   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0565004484   
  Notes: Available online at   
  Reference for: Little Rat[English]   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Musser, Guy G., and Michael D. Carleton / Wilson, Don E., and DeeAnn M. Reeder, eds.  
  Publication Date: 2005   
  Article/Chapter Title: Superfamily Muroidea   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 3rd ed., vol. 2   
  Page(s): 894-1531   
  Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press   
  Publication Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0-8018-8221-4   
  Reference for: Rattus exulans, Pacific Rat [English]   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Watts, Christopher H. S., and H. J. Aslin  
  Publication Date: 1981   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: The Rodents of Australia   
  Page(s): ix + 321   
  Publisher: Angus & Robertson Publishers   
  Publication Place: Australia   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0-207-14235-1   
  Reference for: Rattus exulans   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Wilson, Don E., and DeeAnn M. Reeder, eds.  
  Publication Date: 1993   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 2nd ed., 3rd printing   
  Page(s): xviii + 1207   
  Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press   
  Publication Place: Washington, DC, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 1-56098-217-9   
  Notes: Corrections were made to text at 3rd printing   
  Reference for: Rattus exulans   

 Geographic Information
  Geographic Division: Southern Asia  
  Jurisdiction/Origin: Hawaii, Introduced  
    Central Pacific Territories, Introduced  



  Comment: Status: IUCN - Lower Risk (lc)  
    Comments: Rattus exulans species group. Inadvertent or intentional human introduction or possibly natural rafting is responsible for most of the Pacific insular occurrences (Langdon, 1995; Matisoo-Smith and Robins, 2004; Matisoo-Smith et al., 1998; Roberts, 1991), and for distributions on islands and archipelagos outside of mainland SE Asia, the region where the species may have originated (Musser and Newcomb, 1983). Matisoo-Smith et al. (1998) claimed that R. exulans was among the plant and animal s...  



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