Rattus sanila (Flannery & White, 1991:102)

New Ireland forest rat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Rattus mordax sanila Flannery & White, 1991:102 (original combination)


Conservation Status


Last record: Holocene



New Ireland, Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Flannery, Timothy F. and White, J. P. (1991). Animal translocation: zoogeography of New Ireland mammals. National Geographic Research and Exploration 7: 96-113.


Other references:

Flannery, Timothy F. (1995). Mammals of the South-west Pacific and Moluccan Islands. Comstock/Cornell, Ithaca, NY, 464 pp.

Gosden C and Robertson N (1991) Models for Matenkupkum: interpreting a late Pleistocene site from southern New Ireland, Papua New Guinea. In Allen J and Gosden C, eds, The Report of the Lapita Homeland Project, pp. 20–45. Occasional Papers no. 20. Department of Prehistory, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, Canberra.

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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