Taxon profile


Black Rat
Rattus rattus (Linnaeus, 1758)

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

Scientific synonyms

Epimys chionogaster Lönnberg, 1916
Hapalotis arboricola Gould, 1863
Mus (Hapalotis) tompsoni Ramsay, 1882
Mus griseocaeruleus Higgins & Petterd, 1883
Mus rattus Linnaeus, 1758
Mus rufescens Gray, 1837
Mus tompsoni Ramsay, 1882
Mus variabilis Higgins & Petterd, 1883

Other names

= House Rat
= Ship Rat

Least Concern


Taxon in country check-lists*

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Intertaxon relationships

predator: Leptailurus serval (Schreber, 1776) - Serval

parasite: Globocephalus connorfili Lane, 1922

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Distribution maps

Included taxa

Number of records: 3

subspecies Rattus rattus alexandrinus (Geoffroy, 1803)
subspecies Rattus rattus frugivorus (Rafinesque, 1814)
subspecies Rattus rattus rattus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Links and literature

EN Australian Faunal Directory [178a17ff-2135-48e8-856b-39f546f02092]

ABRS (2009-2015): Australian Faunal Directory [], Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra [as Rattus rattus (Linnaeus, 1758)]
Data retrieved on: 8 February 2015
EN Fauna Europaea 2.4 [305700]

de Jong, Y.S.D.M. (ed.): Fauna Europaea [] [as Rattus rattus (Linnaeus, 1758)]
Data retrieved on: 9 March 2012
EN Wilson D. E., Reeder D. M. (editors) (2005): Mammal Species of the World (MSW). A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed) [] [as Rattus rattus Linnaeus, 1758]
Data retrieved on: 5 December 2008
EN Pest Information Wiki [Rattus_rattus]

Pest Information Wiki [] [as Rattus rattus (Linnaeus)]
Data retrieved on: 5 March 2016
CZ Anděra M. (1999): České názvy živočichů II. Savci (Mammalia), Národní muzeum, (zoologické odd.), Praha, 147 pp. [as Rattus rattus (Linnaeus, 1758)]

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