Rattus bontanus Thomas, 1921:246

Bonthain rat, Southwestern xanthurus rat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Rattus xanthurus bontanus Thomas, 1921:246; Rattus foramineus Sody, 1941


Conservation Status


IUCN RedList status: Data Deficient



Sulawesi (southwestern), Indonesia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Thomas, Oldfield. (1921). On a new genus and species of shrew, and some new Muride from the East-Indian Archipelago. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, ser. 9, 7: 243-249.


Other references:

Freudenthal, M. and Martín-Suárez, E. (2013). Estimating body mass of fossil rodents. Scripta Geologica 145: 1-130. [0.239 kg min. mass estimate]

Laurie, E. M. O., and J. E. Hill. 1954. List of land mammals of New Guinea, Celebes and adjacent
islands 1758-1952. British Museum (Natural History) Publications, London, 175 pp.

Musser, G. G. (1984). Identities of subfossil rats from caves in southwestern Sulawesi. Modern Quaternary Research in Southeast Asia 8: 61-94.

Musser, G., Aplin, K. & Lunde, D. (2008). Rattus bontanus. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. ( Downloaded on 16 September 2012.

Musser, G. G., and M. E. Holden. 1991. Sulawesi rodents (Muridae: Murinae): Morphological and geographical boundaries of species in the Rattus hoffmanni group and a new species from Pulau Peleng. Pp. 322-413, in Contributions to mammalogy in honor of Karl F. Koopman (T. A. Griffiths and D. Klingener, eds.). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 206: 1-432.

Silva, M. B. and Downing, J. A. (1995). CRC handbook of mammalian body masses. CRC Press: 1-359.

Sody, H. J. V. 1941. On a collection of rats from the Indo- Malayan and Indo- Australian regions (with descriptions of 43 new genera, species and subspecies). Treubia, 18:255-325.


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