Abditomys latidens Sanborn, 1952:125

Luzon broad-toothed rat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Rattus latidens Sanborn, 1952:125


Conservation Status


Last record: 1970's (in or before 1973); 1972 (Fisher & Blomberg, 2012; Lee et al., 2017)

IUCN RedList status: Data Deficient



Luzon, Philippines


Biology & Ecology




Two preserved specimens exist, including FMNH 62347.






Original scientific description:

Sanborn, C. C. (1952). Philippine Zoological expedition 1946-1947. Mammals. Fieldiana: Zoology 33: 89-158.


Other references:

Fisher, Diana O. and Blomberg, Simon P. (2012). Inferring Extinction of Mammals from Sighting Records, Threats, and Biological Traits. Conservation Biology 26(1): 57-67.

Freudenthal, M. and Martín-Suárez, E. (2013). Estimating body mass of fossil rodents. Scripta Geologica 145: 1-130. [0.268-0.269 kg estimate]

Heaney, L. R., D. S. Balete, M. L. Dolar, A. C. Alcala, A. T. L. Dans, P. C. Gonzales, N. R. Ingle, M. V. Lepiten, W. L. R. Oliver, P. S. Ong, E. A. Rickart, B. R. Tabaranza, Jr., and R. C. B. Utzurrum. 1998. A synopsis of the mammalian fauna of the Philippine Islands. Fieldiana: Zoology, n.s., 88: 1-61.

Heaney, Lawrence R. (2008). Abditomys latidens. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.1. ( Downloaded on 17 July 2011.

Lee, T. E., Fisher, D. O., Blomberg, S. P. and Wintle, B. A. (2017). Extinct or still out there? Disentangling influences on extinction and rediscovery helps to clarify the fate of species on the edge. Global Change Biology 23(2): 621-634.

Musser, G. G. (1982). A new genus of arboreal rat from Luzon Island in the Philippines. American Museum novitates; no. 2730.

Musser, G. G. and Heaney, L. R. (1992). Philippine rodents: definition of Tarsomys and Limnomys plus a preliminary assessment of phylogenetic pattern among native Philippine murines (Murinae, Muridae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 211: 1-138.

Nowak, R. M. (1999). Walker’s Mammals of the World. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore: 1-2015.


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