Ernst Mayr's water rat

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Ernst Mayr's water rat
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Leptomys
Species: L. ernstmayri
Binomial name
Leptomys ernstmayri
Rümmler, 1932
Distribution map of L. ernstmayri and other species of Leptomys on New Guinea

Ernst Mayr's water rat (Leptomys ernstmayri) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae, named for evolutionary biologist Ernst Mayr. It is found in the Foja Mountains of Papua Province, Indonesia, and in the mountains of northeastern Papua New Guinea.[1]


  1. ^ Musser, Guy G.; Helgen, Kristofer M.; Lunde, Darrin P. (2008). "Systematic review of New Guinea Leptomys (Muridae, Murinae) with descriptions of two new species". American Museum Novitates. 3624: 1–60. doi:10.1206/587.1. hdl:10088/7873.