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SPECIES Rattus tunneyi

Author:Thomas, 1904.
Citation:Novit. Zool., 11: 223.
Common Name:Australian Pale Field Rat
Type Locality:Australia, Northern Territory, Mary River.
Distribution:Australia; NE and SW Western Australia, Northern Territory, E Queensland, and NE New South Wales. Also occurs on offshore islands. Recorded historically (holotype of austrinus probably from Kangaroo Isl; see Mahoney and Richardson, 1988:188), but otherwise only by subfossils (Robinson et al., 2000) from South Australia. Extant range vastly reduced from former distribution (see Taylor and Horner, 1973:89; Watts and Aslin, 1981; Braithwaite and Baverstock, 1995:663).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (nt).
Comments:Rattus fuscipes species group. This species hybridized in the laboratory with R. colletti (Baverstock et al., 1983a, 1986). Revised by Taylor and Horner (1973) and reviewed by Watts and Aslin (1981), Mahoney and Richardson (1988), and Braithwaite and Baverstock (1995).
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Synonyms:

    apex Troughton, 1939
    austrinus Thomas, 1921
    culmorum (Thomas and Dollman, 1909)
    dispar Brazenor, 1936
    melvilleus Thomas, 1921
    vallesius Thomas, 1921
    woodwardi (Thomas, 1908)

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