Rattus salocco

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Rattus salocco
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Rattus
Species group: Rattus xanthurus group
Species: R. salocco
Binomial name
Rattus salocco
Tate and Archbold, 1935

Rattus salocco, also known as the Southeastern Xanthurus Rat, is a rodent of the genus Rattus.


This species is known only from the southeastern peninsula of Sulawesi, where it has been found at 300 and 1500 m (1000 and 4900 ft) altitude.[1] Only three specimens of this poorly understood species are known; the last were collected in 1932 at the mountain Tanke Salokko. The IUCN Red List therefore lists the species as Data Deficient.[2]


This animal belongs to the Rattus xanthurus group, which may be a genus separate from Rattus. Although R. salocco is usually considered a subspecies or synonym of Rattus xanthurus, R. salocco was recognized as a separate species more closely related to R. marmosurus in the 2005 third edition of Mammal Species of the World.[1]