Rattus fuscipes

Rattus fuscipes (*)

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Theria
Infraclassis: Placentalia
Ordo: Rodentia
Subordo: Myomorpha
Superfamilia: Muroidea
Familia: Muridae
Subfamilia: Murinae
Genus: Rattus
Species: Rattus fuscipes
Subspecies: R. f. assimilis - R. f. coracius - R. f. fuscipes - R. f. greyii

Name

Rattus fuscipes Waterhouse, 1839

Vernacular names

References

* Rattus fuscipes on Mammal Species of the World.
Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 2 Volume Set edited by Don E. Wilson, DeeAnn M. Reeder

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The Bush Rat (Rattus fuscipes) is a small Australian nocturnal animal. It is an omnivore. It is one of the most common species of rats and is found in many heathland areas of Victoria and NSW. Adult Bush Rats are smaller than the Australian Swamp Rat, (Rattus lutreolus), and in addition, the Bush Rat's foot pads are a pink colour, whereas the Swamp Rat's foot pads are dark brown.[1]

The Bush Rat is one of the new endemics, having naturalised in Australia in the second wave of rat migration.[2]

Studies have been conducted by Holmsglen students in areas of Anglesea to calculate the impact fox baiting has on the population of the bush rat.

Notes & References

1. ^ http://www.communitywebs.org/ScientificExpeditionGroup/pages/MinPic.htm
2. ^ http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/factsheets/wildlife/NativeRodents.pdf

* Baillie (1996). Rattus fuscipes. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 12 May 2006.
* "Bush Rat Fact File". Wildlife of Sydney, Australian Museum. http://faunanet.gov.au/wos/factfile.cfm?Fact_ID=309. Retrieved February 14 2005.

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