Dusky rat

Dusky rat

Order : Rodentia
Suborder : Sciurognathi
Family : Muridae
Subfamily : Murinae
Species : Rattus colletti


The Dusky rat is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the dusky rat
A young / baby of a dusky rat is called a 'kitten, nestling, pinkie or pup'. The females are called 'doe' and males 'buck'. A dusky rat group is called a 'colony, horde, pack, plague or swarm'.

Facts about the dusky rat

Dusky Rat or Rattus colletti is listed on the IUCN Red list (1996) as Lower Risk/Least Concern .

The 6-20 cm dusky rat is a native rodent (as opposed to a marsupial rat), and has the most restricted distribution of the seven native rodents in Australia, living only in the monsoonal sub-coastal plains of the Northern Territory. (Full text)

Dusky rats are an integral part the ecology of the monsoonal floodplain of the Northern Territory of Australia. (Full text)

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