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SPECIES Rattus feliceus

Author:Thomas, 1920.
Citation:Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser. 9, 6: 423.
Common Name:Spiny Seram Island Rat
Type Locality:Indonesia, Kepulauan Maluku, Pulau Seram, Gunung Manusela, 6000 ft (1830 m).
Distribution:Known only from Seram Isl, sea level to 1830 m (Helgen, 2003b).
Status:IUCN Vulnerable.
Comments:Rattus leucopus species group. Amplified description and comparison with R. koopmani from Peleng Isl provided by Musser and Holden (1991), who also discussed past subspecific allocations of feliceus to other species of Rattus. Phylogenetic affinities of R. feliceus are probably with species of Rattus endemic to New Guinea region (Musser and Holden, 1991), an alliance based upon morphology that should be tested with molecular data. Reviewed by Flannery (1995b) and Helgen (2003b).
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