Bannister's rat

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Bannister's rat
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Melomys
Species: M. bannisteri
Binomial name
Melomys bannisteri
Kitchener & Maryanto, 1993

Bannister's rat, or great Key Island mosaic-tailed rat, or great Key Island melomys[2] or great Kai Island melomys[1] (Melomys bannisteri) is a species of rodent of the genus Melomys. It is endemic to the Kai Besar, one of the islands which are part of the Maluku Islands, Indonesia.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Helgen, K., Singadan, R., Wright, D., Allison, A. & Aplin, K. (2008). Melomys bannisteri. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 10 January 2009.
  2. ^ Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M., eds. (2005). Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.