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Item Description Roberts, Mere en_US 2008-02-21T21:03:25Z en_US 2008-02-21T21:03:25Z en_US 1991-04 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Roberts M. 1991. Origin, dispersal routes, and geographic distribution of Rattus exulans, with special reference to New Zealand. Pac Sci 45(2): 123-130. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0030-8870 en_US
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dc.description.abstract Current anthropological theory and archaeological evidence have led to a reappraisal of the hypothesized route of dispersal of the Polynesian rat, Rattus exulans, through the Pacific and to New Zealand. This commensal rodent seems to have entered the Fiji-Tonga-Samoa region by way of Melanesia, in association with the people of the Lapita cultural complex. The hypothesized migrations of those people and hence presumably of R. exulans throughout Near and Remote Oceania are presented here, along with a brief review of this rat's history and current distribution in New Zealand, the last settled and southernmost landmass in its range. en_US
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dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press en_US
dc.title Origin, Dispersal Routes, and Geographic Distribution of Rattus exulans, with Special Reference to New Zealand en_US
dc.type Article en_US
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