Coryphomys musseri Aplin & Helgen, 2010

Timor giant rat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Coryphomys sp. nov. (Turvey, 2009:55)


Conservation Status


Last record: Subfossil

IUCN status: Not evaluated



Timor Island, Indonesia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Aplin, K. P. and Helgen, K. M. (2010). Quaternary Murid Rodents of Timor Part I: New Material of Coryphomys buehleri Schaub, 1937, and Description of a Second Species of the Genus. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, No. 341, 80 pp.


Other references:

Louys, Julien, Sue O’Connor, Shimona Kealy, Stuart Hawkins, and Kenneth P. Aplin. (2023). Late Quaternary mammal introduction and extinction records from archaeological cave deposits in Timor-Leste. In Contributions to Mammalogy and Zooarchaeology of Wallacea, ed. K. M. Helgen and R. K. Jones. Records of the Australian Museum 75(5): 765-786.

Musser, Guy G. (1981). The giant rat of Flores and its relatives east of Borneo and Bali. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 169(2): 67-176, figures 1-40, tables 1-16. [passing mention only, p. 158, second column, halfway down]

Turvey, Samuel T. (2009). Holocene mammal extinctions, pp. 41-61. In: Turvey, Samuel T. (ed.). Holocene Extinctions. Oxford, UK & New York, USA: Oxford University Press. xii + 352 pp.

Turvey, Samuel T. and Fritz, Susanne A. (2011). The ghosts of mammals past: biological and geographical patterns of global mammalian extinction across the Holocene. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 366(1577): 2564-2576. [Supplementary Information]


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