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Origin, Dispersal Routes, and Geographic Distribution of Rattus exulans, with Special Reference to New Zealand

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dc.contributor.author Roberts, Mere
dc.date.accessioned 2008-02-21T21:03:25Z
dc.date.available 2008-02-21T21:03:25Z
dc.date.issued 1991-04
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.
dc.identifier.issn 0030-8870
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/515
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.
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press
dc.title Origin, Dispersal Routes, and Geographic Distribution of Rattus exulans, with Special Reference to New Zealand
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 45, Number 2, 1991


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