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Philippine Rattus : a new species from the Sulu Archipelago. American Museum novitates ; no. 2818

Show simple item record Musser, Guy G. en_US Heaney, Lawrence R. en_US 2005-10-06T18:10:24Z 2005-10-06T18:10:24Z 1985 en_US
dc.description 32 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 30-32). en_US
dc.description.abstract "A new species, Rattus tawitawiensis, is described from Tawitawi Island in the southern Sulu Islands. It is native to the island, whereas Rattus rattus mindanensis, which also occurs there, is not. The known mammalian fauna of the Sulu Archipelago has characteristics indicating that the islands have had no recent land-bridge connection to either Borneo or Mindanao; this is consistent with geological evidence. The new species has no close relative now living in either the Philippine Islands to the east or on the islands and peninsula of the Sunda Shelf to the west. In morphology, the Tawitawi rat is most similar to species of Rattus living on islands rimming the Sunda Shelf beyond the 180 m bathymetric line. These peripheral isolates appear to be most similar to Rattus tiomanicaus among the extant fauna of the Sunda Shelf"--P. [1]. en_US
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dc.language eng en_US
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dc.publisher New York, N.Y. : American Museum of Natural History en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates ; no. 2818 en_US
dc.subject.lcc QL1 .A436 no.2818, 1985 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Rattus tawitawiensis en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Rodents -- Philippines -- Sulu Archipelago en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mammals -- Philippines -- Sulu Archipelago en_US
dc.title Philippine Rattus : a new species from the Sulu Archipelago. American Museum novitates ; no. 2818 en_US
dc.title.alternative New species of Rattus en_US
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  • American Museum Novitates
    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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