The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database

Spelaeomys florensis Hooijer, 1957:306

Flores cave rat, Flores Island spelaeomys



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status




Flores, Indonesia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Hooijer, D. A. (1957). Three new giant prehistoric rats from Flores, Lesser Sunda Islands. Zoologische Mededelingen 35: 299-314.


Other references:

Elisa Locatelli, Rokus Awe Due, Gert D. van den Bergh and Lars W. van den Hoek Ostende. (2012). Pleistocene survivors and Holocene extinctions: The giant rats from Liang Bua (Flores, Indonesia). Quaternary International 281: 47-57.

Wilson, D.E. & Reeder, D.M. 2005 Mammal species of the world: a taxonomic and geographic reference. Third edition. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press.


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