Journal of Zoology



A review of the rodent fauna of Seram, Moluccas, with the description of a new subspecies of mosaic-tailed rat, Melomys rufescens paveli


Kristofer M. Helgen a1c1
a1 Department of Environmental Biology, University of Adelaide, Adelaide SA 5005, Australia, and South Australian Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

Abstract

With five previously described native species, all of them endemic, and at least four introduced species, the murid rodent fauna of Seram is more diverse than that catalogued from any other Moluccan island. Here, the rodent fauna of Seram is briefly reviewed, and a newly recorded rodent from the island is described as Melomys rufescens paveli, a new subspecies of a species otherwise known from New Guinea and the Bismarck Archipelago. Other non-volant mammals from Seram and the nearby islands of Ambon and Buru are briefly discussed.

(Accepted March 13 2003)


Key Words: Melomys; Seram; Ambon; Buru; Moluccas.

Correspondence:
c1 All correspondence to: South Australian Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia. E-mail: kristofer.helgen@adelaide.edu.au