Rattus tanezumi ( Temminck, 1844 )

Jo, Yeong-Seok, Baccus, John T. & Koprowski, John L., 2018, Mammals of Korea: a review of their taxonomy, distribution and conservation status, Zootaxa 4522 (1), pp. 1-216: 184

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Rattus tanezumi ( Temminck, 1844 )
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Rattus tanezumi ( Temminck, 1844)  — Oriental House Rat

Mus tanezumi Temminck in Siebold, Temminck, and Schlegel, 1844 p  .51; Type locality- Nagasaki (restricted by Jones & 

Johnson, 1965), Japan. Rattus rattus alexandrinus: Kishida & Mori, 1931 p  .378; Kuroda, 1938 p.65. R. rattus rattus: Kishida & Mori, 1931 p  .378; Won, 1968 p.176. Rattus norvegicus longicaudus Mori, 1937 p  .42; Type locality- Ulleung (Dagelet) Island, Korea; Won, 1958 p.449; Won, 1968

p.176. R. tanezumi: Kuroda, 1938 p  .69; Musser & Carleton, 2005 p.1489; Kim et al., 2013 p.550. R. rattus flavipectus: Ellerman, 1949 p  .58; Jones & Johnson, 1965 p.390. R. rattus: Ellerman & Morrison-Scott, 1951 p  .581; Won, 1958 p.448; Won, 1968 p.176; Yoon, 1992 p.82; Han, 1994 p.47; Won

& Smith, 1999 p.28; Han, 2004c p.119; Jo et al., 2012 p.253. R. alexandrinus: Won, 1958 p  .448. R. rattus rufescens: Won, 1967 p  .236.

Range: The range of R. tanezumi  converges in the central and southern regions of Korea, with populations especially prominent in and near port cities including Jeju Island and Ulleung Island ( Fig. 125). Interactions with R. norvegicus  limit the distribution of the roof rat. On Jeju Island, the range of R. tanezumi  was restricted to within 1 km of the port ( Won 1967).

Remarks: The population on Ulleung Island was mistakenly identified as R. n. longicaudus but corrected as R. rattus tanezumi  . Corbet (1978) regarded the Korean population as R. r. tanezumi  along with China and Japan. Jones and Johnson (1965) described black rats in Korea as R. rattus flavipectus  ; Won (1967) disagreed and proposed that the black rat in Korea should be R. rattus rufescens  . Won (1968) disputed this subspecies with a classification of R. r. rattus  instead. Corbet (1978) questioned R. rattus flavipectus  stating that R. r. flavipectus was a synonym for R. rattus tanezumi  . Koh (1992) confirmed R. r. tanezumi ( Temminck, 1844)  as the subspecies name for roof rats in Korea. However, Carleton and Musser (2005) elevated R. r. tanezumi  to Rattus tanezumi  as a monotypic species but mammalogists in Korea rarely accepted R. tanezumi  . Based on mtDNA analysis, Kim et al. (2013b) confirmed the correct identity of R. rattus  on Jeju Island as R. tanezumi  . Since apparently, R. rattus  and R. tanezumi  are cryptic species, and morphological identification of specimens was involved, the classification of most R. rattus  in Korea must change to R. tanezumi  .

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Mammalia

Order

Rodentia

Family

Muridae

Genus

Rattus

Loc

Rattus tanezumi ( Temminck, 1844 )

Jo, Yeong-Seok, Baccus, John T. & Koprowski, John L. 2018
2018
Loc

Rattus norvegicus longicaudus

Mori 1937
1937
Loc

Rattus rattus alexandrinus:

Kishida & Mori 1931
1931
Loc

R. rattus rattus:

Kishida & Mori 1931
1931
Loc

Mus tanezumi

Temminck in Siebold, Temminck, and Schlegel 1844
1844