A reassessment of the type locality of the giant rat Solomys salamonis (Rodentia:Muridae) from the Solomon Islands

Lavery, Tyrone H. (2014) A reassessment of the type locality of the giant rat Solomys salamonis (Rodentia:Muridae) from the Solomon Islands. Australian Mammalogy, 36 1: 99-102. doi:10.1071/AM13019

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Author Lavery, Tyrone H.
Title A reassessment of the type locality of the giant rat Solomys salamonis (Rodentia:Muridae) from the Solomon Islands
Journal name Australian Mammalogy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1836-7402
0310-0049
Publication date 2014-03-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/AM13019
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 36
Issue 1
Start page 99
End page 102
Total pages 4
Place of publication Collingwood, Australia
Publisher CSIRO
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The Solomon Islands support a diverse and highly endemic rodent fauna. Most species are poorly known and rarely encountered. Solomys salamonis is one such endemic species known only from the holotype collected in 1881. The type locality for the species has been repeatedly confused in the literature, and this uncertainty has hampered attempts to evaluate the status of the species. I reassessed the type locality based on review of the published literature and records and archives of the AUSn Museum, Sydney. My review indicates that the type locality is Ugi Island, not Florida Island as widely reported in the recent literature. A subsequent, preliminary survey on Ugi Island failed to confirm the presence of the species; however, the occurrence of some original forest on Ugi Island encourages further detailed surveys to determine whether S. salamonis is still extant.
Keyword extinct
Florida
Ugi Island
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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