Rattus pelurus Sody, 1941:308

Peleng (Island xanthurus) rat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Rattus foramineus pelurus Sody, 1941:308


Conservation Status


Last record: 1938 (Martin et al., 2023)

IUCN RedList status: Data Deficient


Only known from the type series collected in 1938 (Musser & Aplin, 2008).



Peleng Island, Sulawesi, Indonesia


Biology & Ecology




Only known from the type series collected in 1938 (Musser & Aplin, 2008).






Original scientific description:

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.


Other references:

Martin, Thomas E., Bennett, Gareth C., Fairbairn, Andrew J. and Mooers, A. Ø. (2023). ‘Lost’ taxa and their conservation implications. Animal Conservation 26(1): 14-24. [Appendix S2 (1617 taxa not seen >10 years); Appendix S3 (562 taxa not seen >50 years)]

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. (2008). Rattus pelurus. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. ( Downloaded on 16 September 2012.

Musser, G. G. and Holden, M. E. (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.


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