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Noronhomys vespuccii Carelton & Olson, 1999:10

Vespucci’s rodent, Vespucci's rat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: late Quaternary (1503?)

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



Fernando de Noronha, Brazil












Original scientific description:

Carleton, Michael D., and, Olson, Storrs L. (1999). Amerigo Vespucci and the Rat of Fernando de Noronha: A new genus and species of Rodentia (Muridae: Sigmodontinae) from a volcanic island off Brazil's continental shelf. American Museum Novitates, No. 3256 (59 pp.).


Other references:

Olson, Storrs L. (1981). Natural history of vertebrates on the Brazilian islands of the mid South Atlantic. Natl. Geogr. Soc. Res. Rep. 13: 481-492.

Weksler, M. and Costa, L. (2008). Noronhomys vespuccii. In: IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.4. ( Downloaded on 05 May 2011.


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