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SPECIES Bunomys coelestis

Author:Thomas, 1896.
Citation:Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser. 6, 18: 248.
Common Name:Lampobatang Bunomys
Type Locality:Indonesia, SW Sulawesi, Bonthain Peak (Gunung Lampobatang), 6000 ft (1830 m).
Distribution:Sulawesi; endemic to the slopes of Gunung Lampobatang at tip of SW peninsula; found in montane forest formations between 1800 and 2500 m.
Status:IUCN Endangered.
Comments:Bunomys chrysocomus Group. More closely related to B. chrysocomus than to any other species of Bunomys. Retained as a species of Bunomys by Tate (1936), but subsequently included in a "coelestis group" of Rattus (Ellerman, 1941, 1949a), listed as a species in subgenus Rattus (Laurie and Hill, 1954), or synonymized under Bunomys chrysocomus (Musser, 1981c; Musser and Newcomb, 1983). Finally reinstated as a species restricted to montane forest on Gunung Lampobatang (Musser, 1991; Musser and Holden, 1991). Tate and Archbold (1935) described koka from mountains of the SE peninsula as a subspecies of B. coelestis, but that is a sample of B. chrysocomus.
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