Giant naked-tailed rats

Giant naked-tailed rats

Order : Rodentia
Suborder : Sciurognathi
Family : Muridae
Subfamily : Murinae
Genus : Uromys

 

Facts about the genus Uromys, the giant naked-tailed rats

The volcanic inner arc of the new subduction zone, like all such arcs highly unstable, saw the rise and fall of islands all along it; Uromys is present even today on New Britain, and if a hypothetic primitive Uromys was present in, perhaps, the Pliocene, shifting volcanics could have isolated a population and carried it sequentially southeast as far as Guadalcanal.

The Giant white-tailed Uromys is a propagator for macadamia nuts and rainforest truffles. (Full text)

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