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SPECIES Melomys bougainville

Author:Troughton, 1936.
Citation:Rec. Aust. Mus., 19: 344.
Common Name:Bougainville Island Melomys
Type Locality:Solomon Isls, Bougainville Isl, Buin.
Distribution:Recorded only from islands of Buka, Bougainville, and Choiseul in northern Solomon Arch. (Flannery and Wickler, 1990; Flannery, 1995b).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (nt).
Comments:Although historically treated as a subspecies of M. rufescens, M. bougainville is a separate species known by small samples of extant and archaeological specimens (Flannery and Wickler, 1990). Most closely related to M. rufescens, M. matambuai, and M. paveli (Helgen, 2003b; Menzies, 1996).
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