The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database

Rattus sanila (Flannery & White, 1991:102)

New Ireland forest rat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Rattus mordax sanila Flannery & White, 1991:102 (original combination)


Conservation Status

Last Record: Holocene



New Ireland, Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Flannery, Timothy F. and White, J. P. (1991). Animal translocation: zoogeography of New Ireland mammals. National Geographic Research and Exploration 7: 96-113.


Other references:

Flannery, Timothy F. (1995). Mammals of the South-west Pacific and Moluccan Islands. Comstock/Cornell, Ithaca, NY, 464 pp.

Turvey, Samuel T. (2009). Holocene mammal extinctions. In: Turvey, Samuel T. (editor) (2009). Holocene extinctions. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.


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