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SPECIES Melomys rubicola

Author:Thomas, 1924.
Citation:Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser. 9, 13: 298.
Common Name:Bramble Cay Melomys
Type Locality:Australia, Queensland, Torres Strait, Bramble Cay, about 9ES, 144EE; see Mahoney and Richardson (1988:163).
Distribution:Australia; endemic to Bramble Cay at the extreme N end of the Great Barrier Reef of Queensland (Limpus et al., 1983).
Status:IUCN Critically Endangered.
Comments:Studies of blood proteins and morphology suggested M. rubicola was closely related to M. capensis, which is endemic to Cape York in N Queensland (Limpus et al., 1983). Structure of sperm head described by Breed (1984). Reviewed by Watts (1995g).
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