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Bush Rat at Southern Forest Life

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Rattus fuscipes at Southern Forest Life - 15 Jan 2018
Rattus fuscipes at Southern Forest Life - 15 Jan 2018
Rattus fuscipes at Southern Forest Life - 15 Jan 2018
Rattus fuscipes at Southern Forest Life - 15 Jan 2018

Identification history

Native Rat Rattus fuscipes 15 Jan 2018 JackieMiles
Native Rat Rattus fuscipes 15 Jan 2018 Paul Whitington

Author's notes

Jackie, This is the individual I mentioned in the previous post of a candidate R. fuscipes. Again, it is a juvenile/baby but is it likely to be a rattus or fuscipes in your opinion? Or shall we just leave it as Rattus sp.?

7 comments

   15 Jan 2018
Hi Paul, Not sure how much of the head/body and tail length your original photos showed, but I'm not seeing enough to get the relative length. Possibly if it was a long narrow photo the website is cropping it to fit the window? I've had this happen with a snake photo of mine - appeared headless, which was not helpful for ID! The pink feet and rounded ears suggest fuscipes, according to my field guide, but I'm not confident enough to confirm it.
   15 Jan 2018
Oops, just noticed your comment on the other rat sighting about head/body and tail length being about equal on this specimen. Since the field guide says the tail is clearly longer in Rattus rattus, I guess that's enough to say this one is fuscipes.
   15 Jan 2018
I see that I had made the images the wrong format for a correct display - too long and narrow. Should be OK now.
   16 Jan 2018
OK, so bang on 7cm each for head/body and tail, so I guess that confirms it is fuscipes. Rattus rattus do seem to get out in the bush though, and being not too far from Wonboyn, it's possible you would have them as well. I can't find anything other than the longer tail to reliably distinguish them in my books. The ear, if pressed forward reaches past the middle of the eye in R. rattus and to the back edge of the eye in fuscipes (in our experience - the book only mentions the tail length).
   16 Jan 2018
The ear length of this guy would, I think, match the criterion for Rattus fuscipes as well., i.e. distance from posterior edge of ear lobe to point from where the ear would fold forwards is less than distance between that point and back of eye.
   16 Jan 2018
Not sure I follow that. Next time you find a dead rat you better photograph that business as well. So the width of the base of the ear is less than the eye to ear distance, in effect?
   16 Jan 2018
Sorry about the convoluted expression! But yes, that’s what I was trying to say .

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Myrmecia tarsata (Bullant or Bulldog ant) at Southern Forest Life - 21 Mar 2019
Illeis galbula (Fungus-eating Ladybird) at Southern Forest Life - 20 Mar 2019
Calyptorhynchus lathami (Glossy Black-cockatoo) at Southern Forest Life - 19 Mar 2019
Inocybe violaceocaulis (TBC) at Southern Forest Life - 18 Mar 2019
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Duomyia sp. (Signal fly) at Southern Forest Life - 4 Mar 2019
Asura lydia (Lydia Lichen Moth) at Southern Forest Life - 4 Mar 2019
Idiodes apicata (Bracken Moth) at Southern Forest Life - 3 Mar 2019
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TIPHIIDAE sp. (Unidentified Smooth flower wasp) at Southern Forest Life - 9 Feb 2019
Unidentified Fungus, Moss, Liverwort, etc (TBC) at Southern Forest Life - 8 Feb 2019
Leptotarsus clavatus (Crane fly) at Southern Forest Life - 8 Feb 2019
Polistes (Polistella) humilis (Common Paper Wasp) at Southern Forest Life - 8 Feb 2019
MYRMELEONTIDAE (Unidentified ant-lion lacewing) at Southern Forest Life - 8 Feb 2019
Ferreola handschini (Orange-collared Spider Wasp) at Southern Forest Life - 8 Feb 2019
Bovista brunnea (A puffball) at Southern Forest Life - 7 Feb 2019
Tetragnatha sp. (Long-jawed spider) at Southern Forest Life - 7 Feb 2019
Diplacodes haematodes (Scarlet Percher) at Southern Forest Life - 7 Feb 2019
Cryptachaea gigantipes (White porch spider) at Southern Forest Life - 7 Feb 2019
Spilosoma curvata (Crimson Tiger Moth) at Southern Forest Life - 6 Feb 2019
Abantiades labyrinthicus (Labyrinthine Ghost Moth) at Southern Forest Life - 5 Feb 2019
Litoria peronii (Peron's Tree Frog) at Southern Forest Life - 5 Feb 2019
Abantiades hyalinatus (Abantiades hyalinatus) at Southern Forest Life - 5 Feb 2019
Opodiphthera eucalypti (Emperor Gum Moth) at Southern Forest Life - 5 Feb 2019

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