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SPECIES Rattus pelurus

Author:Sody, 1941.
Citation:Treubia, 18: 308.
Common Name:Peleng Island Xanthurus Rat
Type Locality:Indonesia, Kepulauan Banggai, Pulau Peleng (123'S, 12314'E), east of Sulawesi.
Distribution:Known only from Peleng Isl.
Status:IUCN Vulnerable.
Comments:Rattus xanthurus species group. Originally described by Sody as a subspecies of R. foramineus, but provisionally treated as an insular population of R. xanthurus by Musser (1984), and finally reviewed as a distinctive species by Musser and Holden (1991), who also placed it in the R. xanthurus group. Recent morphometric analyses corroborated the separation of pelurus as a different species from mainland R. xanthurus (Musser, ms).
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