Melomys spechti Flannery & Wickler, 1990:130

Buka mosaic-tailed rat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: >5,900 BC



Buka Island, Solomon Islands


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: AM F78234 ("left maxillary fragment...")

Type locality: Buka Island, Solomon Islands






Original scientific description:

Flannery, Timothy F. and Wickler, S. (1990). Quaternary murids (Rodentia: Muridae) from Buka Island, Papua New Guinea, with descriptions of two new species. Australian Mammalogy 13(2): 127-139.


Other references:

Bininda-Emonds, O.R.P., Cardillo, M., Jones, K.E., MacPhee, R.D.E., Beck, R.M.D., Grenyer, R., Price, S.A., Vos, R.A., Gittleman, J.L. & Purvis, A. 2007. The delayed rise of present-day mammals. Nature 446, 507-512.

Fritz, S.A. & Purvis, A. 2010 Phylogenetic diversity does not capture body size variation at risk in the world's mammals. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277, 2435-2441.

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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