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SPECIES Rattus mordax

Author:Thomas, 1904.
Citation:Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser. 7, 14: 398.
Common Name:Eastern New Guinea Rat
Type Locality:Papua New Guinea, Kumusi River (see Tate, 1951:333, for comments).
Distribution:Papua New Guinea; Huon Peninsula and both sides of Owen Stanley Range on mainland, sea level to 2750 m (Taylor et al., 1982; Flannery, 1995a). Also recorded from Goodenough, Fergusson, and Normanby Isls in the D'Entrecasteaux Arch.; Woodlark Isl in the Trobriand Arch.; Misima and Sudest in the Louisiade Arch.; the Conflict Group of islands; and Sideia Isl, off the tip of E Papua (Flannery, 1995b).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Rattus leucopus species group. Originally described by Thomas as a species, mordax had been treated as a subspecies of either leucopus, ringens, or ruber until it was reinstated by Taylor et al. (1982). Reviewed by Flannery (1995a).
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    fergussoniensis Laurie, 1952

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