HABITAT OF SOME MALAYAN RATS
Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
1957 The Zoological Society of London
Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London
Volume 128, Issue 1, pages 1–22, February 1957
How to Cite
Harrison, J. L. (1957), HABITAT OF SOME MALAYAN RATS. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 128: 1–22. doi: 10.1111/j.1096-3642.1957.tb00254.x
- Issue published online: 30 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Accepted 8th November 1955
During the last five years a good deal of information about the detailed distributon of Malayan rats has been gathered in connection with studies on trombiculid mites carried out at the Institute for Medical Research, Malaya. By methods of trapping and marking rats in a variety of habitats some of their preferences have been worked out. Information on these habitat preferences is given for the following rats: Rattus rattus diardi, R. r. jalorensis, R. r. argentiventer, R. exultans, mülleri, rajah, whiteheadi and sabanus: and some notes on R. norvegicus, annandalei and bowersi.
The infestation by trombiculid mites is used as evidence that rats do or do not share the same micro-habitat, since these mites have no marked host preferences.
Evidence is adduced that Rattus rajah surifer and R. r. pellax are probably but colour varieties of the one species.