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Melomys  Thomas, 1922
Taxonomic Serial No.: 585047

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Genus  
  Common Name(s): Mosaic-tailed Rats [English]
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  
  Global Species Completeness: complete   
  Latest Record Review: 2014   

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                      ClassMammalia Linnaeus, 1758 – mammifčres, mamífero, mammals  
                         SubclassTheria Parker and Haswell, 1897  
                            InfraclassEutheria Gill, 1872  
                               OrderRodentia Bowdich, 1821 – esquilo, preá, rato, roedor, rongeurs, rodents  
                                  SuborderMyomorpha Brandt, 1855 – Rats, souris, Mice, Rats, Voles, Gerbils, Hamsters, Lemmings  
                                     SuperfamilyMuroidea Illiger, 1811  
                                        FamilyMuridae Illiger, 1811 – campagnols, rats, souris, mice, rats, voles  
                                           SubfamilyMurinae Illiger, 1811 – Old World rats, Old World mice  
                                              GenusMelomys Thomas, 1922 – Mosaic-tailed Rats  
    Direct Children:  
                                                 Species Melomys aerosus (Thomas, 1920) – Dusky Seram Melomys 
                                                 Species Melomys arcium (Thomas, 1913) – Rossel Island Melomys 
                                                 Species Melomys bannisteri Kitchener and Maryanto, 1993 – Great Key Island Melomys 
                                                 Species Melomys bougainville Troughton, 1936 – Bougainville Island Melomys 
                                                 Species Melomys burtoni (Ramsay, 1887) – Grassland Melomys 
                                                 Species Melomys capensis Tate, 1951 – Cape York Melomys 
                                                 Species Melomys caurinus (Thomas, 1921) – Short-tailed Talaud Melomys 
                                                 Species Melomys cervinipes (Gould, 1852) – Fawn-footed Melomys 
                                                 Species Melomys cooperae Kitchener, in Kitchener and Maryanto, 1995 – Yamdena Island Melomys 
                                                 Species Melomys dollmani Rümmler, 1935 – Dollman's Melomys 
                                                 Species Melomys fraterculus (Thomas, 1920) – Manusela Melomys 
                                                 Species Melomys frigicola Tate, 1951 – Snow Mountains Grassland Melomys 
                                                 Species Melomys fulgens (Thomas, 1920) – Seram Long-tailed Melomys 
                                                 Species Melomys howi Kitchener, in Kitchener and Suyanto, 1996 – Riama Island Melomys 
                                                 Species Melomys leucogaster (Jentink, 1908) – White-bellied Melomys 
                                                 Species Melomys lutillus (Thomas, 1913) – Papua Grassland Melomys 
                                                 Species Melomys matambuai Flannery, Colgan and Trimble, 1994 – Manus Island Melomys 
                                                 Species Melomys obiensis (Thomas, 1911) – Obi Island Melomys 
                                                 Species Melomys paveli Helgen, 2003 – Pavel's Seram Melomys 
                                                 Species Melomys rubicola Thomas, 1924 – Bramble Cay Melomys 
                                                 Species Melomys rufescens (Alston, 1877) – Black-tailed Melomys 
                                                 Species Melomys spechti Flannery and Wickler, 1990 – Buka Island Melomys 
                                                 Species Melomys talaudium (Thomas, 1921) – Long-tailed Talaud Melomys 

  Expert: Guy G. Musser  
  Notes: Department of Mammology, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY 10024   
  Reference for: Melomys    
  Expert: Michael D. Carleton  
  Notes: Department of Mammals, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC 20560   
  Reference for: Melomys    
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  Author(s)/Editor(s): Musser, Guy G., and Michael D. Carleton / Wilson, Don E., and DeeAnn M. Reeder, eds.  
  Publication Date: 2005   
  Article/Chapter Title: Superfamily Muroidea   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 3rd ed., vol. 2   
  Page(s): 894-1531   
  Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press   
  Publication Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0-8018-8221-4   
  Reference for: Melomys   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Wilson, Don E., and DeeAnn M. Reeder, eds.  
  Publication Date: 1993   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 2nd ed., 3rd printing   
  Page(s): xviii + 1207   
  Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press   
  Publication Place: Washington, DC, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 1-56098-217-9   
  Notes: Corrections were made to text at 3rd printing   
  Reference for: Melomys   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Wilson, Don E., and F. Russell Cole  
  Publication Date: 2000   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Common Names of Mammals of the World   
  Page(s): xiv + 204   
  Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press   
  Publication Place: Washington, DC, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 1-56098-383-3   
  Notes: With contributions by Bernadette N. Graham, Adam P. Potter, and Mariana M. Upmeyer   
  Reference for: Mosaic-tailed Rats[English]   

 Geographic Information
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  Comment: Comments: Uromys Division. Member of the Australian and New Guinea region Old Endemics (Musser, 1981c, 1982b). Data from microcomplement fixation of albumin indicated Australian Melomys is closely related to Uromys and in the same monophyletic group with Mesembriomys, Leporillus, Conilurus, and Zyzomys (Watts et al., 1992). These genera join other Australian and some New Guinea genera to form an 'Australasian clade' as estimated by albumin immunology (Watts and Baverstock, 1994a, 1995b, 1996). Menzie...  



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