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SPECIES Rattus xanthurus

Author:Gray, 1867.
Citation:Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond., 1867: 598.
Common Name:Northeastern Xanthurus Rat
Type Locality:Indonesia, NE Sulawesi, Tondano, 3600 ft (1100 m).
Distribution:NE Sulawesi only, from vicinity of Teluk Kuandang (050'N, 12252'E) eastward in NE region of N peninsula of Sulawesi.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Rattus xanthurus species group. See Musser (1971c-e, 1984) for justification behind allocation of synonyms. One of the larger-bodied members of this complex, which includes R. bontanus, R. marmosurus, R. salocco, and R. pelurus. Occurs sympatrically with R. marmosurus on the NE Peninsula. Sody (1941) included xanthurus in Taeromys. Although the R. xanthurus group may eventually be removed from Rattus (Musser and Holden, 1991), it does not belong in Taeromys (Musser, ms).
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Synonyms:

    faberi (Jentink, 1883)
    paraxanthus (Sody, 1941)

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