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Common Name

Polynesian rot, black rat (also called ship rat), brown rat

Scientific Name

Rattus exulans (Pacific rat); Rattus rattus (black rat); Rattus norvegicus (brown rat).

AUTHORS Helen Tsatsia & Grahame Jackson
Photos 2&4 Gerald McCormack, Cook Islands Biodiversity & Natural Heritage ( Photo 3 Wikipedia. ( Diagram Wikipedia Black rat. ( Photo 5 Snap trap. (

Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project PC/2010/090: Strengthening integrated crop management research in the Pacific Islands in support of sustainable intensification of high-value crop production, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

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