Taxon profile


Brown Rat
Rattus norvegicus (Berkenhout, 1769)

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Chordata - chordates »  class Mammalia - mammals »  order Rodentia - rodents »  family Muridae - mice »  genus Rattus

Scientific synonyms

Mus decumanus Pallas, 1779
Mus tamarensis Higgins & Petterd, 1884
Mus norvegicus Berkenhout, 1769

Other names

= Norway Rat

IUCN category:Least Concern


Taxon in country check-lists*

* List of countries might not be complete

CZ   NL  

Intertaxon relationships

parasite: Trichinella spiralis (Owen, 1835), Polyplax spinulosa (Burmeister, 1839)

Distribution maps

Subordinated taxa

Number of records: 3

subspecies Rattus norvegicus caraco (Pallas, 1779)
subspecies Rattus norvegicus norvegicus (Berhenhout, 1769) - Brown Rat

Rattus norvegicus norvegicus - Brown Rat

Links and literature

EN Australian Faunal Directory [c0f62baa-5df3-4383-a96b-16162e72d1a1]

ABRS (2009-2015): Australian Faunal Directory [], Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra [as Rattus norvegicus (Berkenhout, 1769)]
Data retrieved on: 8 February 2015
EN Fauna Europaea 2.4 [305699]

de Jong, Y.S.D.M. (ed.): Fauna Europaea [] [as Rattus norvegicus (Berkenhout, 1769)]
Data retrieved on: 9 March 2012
EN IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013.2 [19353]

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species [] [as Rattus norvegicus (Berkenhout, 1769)]
Data retrieved on: 27 January 2014
EN Wilson D. E., Reeder D. M. (editors) (2005): Mammal Species of the World (MSW). A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed) [] [as Rattus norvegicus Berkenhout, 1769]
Data retrieved on: 5 December 2008
CZ Anděra M. (1999): České názvy živočichů II. Savci (Mammalia), Národní muzeum, (zoologické odd.), Praha, 147 pp. [as Rattus norvegicus (Berkenhout, 1769)]

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