Rattus culmorum austrinus Thomas, 1921:427

South Australian spiny-haired rat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Now considered a synonym of R. tunneyi tunneyi.


Conservation Status

Invalid (synonym of R. tunneyi tunneyi)

Last record: 1841 or before



Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, Australia

Type locality: "?Eyre Peninsula, S.A. (as South Australia, probably Kangaroo Island)" (Mahoney & Richardson, 1988:188)


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: BMNH (male; skin & skull)






Original scientific description:

Thomas, Oldfield. (1921). Notes on Australasian rats, with a selection of lectotypes of Australasian Muridae. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (9) 8: 425-433.


Other references:

Harper, Francis. (1945). Extinct and Vanishing Mammals of the Old World. New York, N.Y.: American Committee for International Wildlife Protection, Special Publications 12: 1-850.

Mahoney, J. A. and Richardson, B. J. (1988). Muridae, pp. 154-192. In: Walton, D. W. (ed.). Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 5. Mammalia. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service. x + 273 pp. [p. 188]

Musser, Guy G. and Carleton, Michael D. (2005). Superfamily Muroidea, pp. 894-1531. In: Wilson, Don E. and Reeder, Dee Ann M. (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 3rd ed., vol. 2. Baltimore, Maryland, USA: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Taylor, J. M. and Horner, B. E. (1973). Results of the Archbold Expeditions. No. 98 Systematics of native Australian Rattus (Rodentia, Muridae). Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 150: 1-130.

Watts, Christopher H. S. and Aslin, H. J. (1981). The Rodents of Australia. Angus & Robertson Publishers. ix + 321 pp., 16 pls.


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