Melomys fraterculus (Thomas)

Manusela Mosaic-tailed Rat (Melomys fraterculus)

The Manusela Mosaic-tailed Rat was described in 1920 from only two specimens collected from Mt. Manusela on the island of Seram, Indonesia at an altitude of 1830 m.

The animals reach a length of 24.5 to 27.5 cm (including the tail).

The original habitat is now highly modified by human activities and the species is probably extinct.


syn. Pogonomelomys fraterculus (Thomas), Seram, Uromys fraterculus Thomas


edited: 28.01.2012