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SPECIES Rattus giluwensis

Author:Hill, 1960.
Citation:J. Mammal., 41: 277.
Common Name:Mount Giluwe Rat
Type Locality:NE New Guinea, Papua, Mt Giluwe, 11,000-12,000 ft (3350-3660 m).
Distribution:Recorded only from Mt Giluwe in Papua New Guinea and adjoining highlands, 2195-3660 m (Taylor et al., 1982).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (nt).
Comments:Rattus leucopus species group. Originally described as R. ruber melanurus (Laurie and Hill, 1954:112), but the name is preoccupied by Rattus melanurus Shamel, 1940, which refers to a sample of Maxomys whiteheadi. A morphologically distinctive species whose phylogenetic affinities are equivocal (Taylor et al., 1982, 1983).
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