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SPECIES Rattus elaphinus

Author:Sody, 1941.
Citation:Treubia, 18: 307.
Common Name:Sula Archipelago Rat
Type Locality:Indonesia, Kepulauan Sula, Pulau Taliabu (east of Pulau Peleng and Sulawesi).
Distribution:Known only from Pulau Taliabu, Indonesia (Musser and Holden, 1991) and adjacent Pulau Manggole in the Sula Arch., but absent from nearby Pulau Sanana in the same archipelago, where only the introduced R. tanezumi and R. exulans are found (Flannery, 1995b).
Status:IUCN Vulnerable.
Comments:Rattus leucopus species group. A morphologically distinctive species that is likely most closely related to native Rattus on the Moluccas and New Guinea. Amplified description and comparisons with Sulawesian R. hoffmanni and R. koopmani from Peleng Isl provided by Musser and Holden (1991).
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