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SPECIES Rattus tawitawiensis

Author:Musser and Heaney, 1985.
Citation:Am. Mus. Novit., 2818: 5.
Common Name:Tawitawi Forest Rat
Type Locality:Philippines, Sulu Arch., Tawitawi Isl, Batu Batu.
Distribution:Greater Sulu Faunal Region. Known only from Tawitawi Isl in S part of Sulu Arch.
Status:IUCN Vulnerable.
Comments:Rattus rattus species group. Still recorded by only three specimens. Phylogenetic affinities unclear; in some traits resembles Sulawesian R. hoffmanni and members of the Rattus palmarum-burrus-simalurensis-lugens clusters on the Nicobar, Simalur, and Mentawai islands more closely than any described Rattus from the Indo-Australian region (Musser and Heaney, 1985).
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