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Species profile—Rattus lutreolus (swamp rat)


Animalia (animals) → Mammalia (mammals) → Muridae (rats and mice) → Rattus lutreolus (swamp rat)

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Animalia (animals)
Mammalia (mammals)
Muridae (rats and mice)
Scientific name
Rattus lutreolus (J.E. Gray, 1841)
Common name
swamp rat
Type reference
Gray, J.E. (1841) Contributions towards the geographical distribution of the Mammalia of Australia, with notes on some recently discovered species, in a letter addressed to the Author. Appendix C pp. 397-414 in Grey, G. Journals of two expeditions of discovery in North-west and Western Australia, during the years 1837, 38, and 39, under the authority of Her Majesty's Government. Volume 2 T. and W. Boone, London.
WildNet taxon ID
Mus lutreola
Rattus lutreola
Alternate name(s)
water rat
dusky-footed rat
velvet furred rat
tawny long-haired rat
tawny rat
eastern swamp rat
Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) status
Least concern
Conservation significant
Wetland status
Wetland Indicator Species
Pest status
Disease Vector

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This profile data is sourced from the QLD Wildlife Data API using the Get species by ID function used under CC-By 4.0.

This information is sourced from the WildNet database managed by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.

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Last updated
20 May 2024