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Rattus fuscipes

1 Bush Rat at Cotter River, ACT

Rattus fuscipes at Cotter River, ACT - 21 Mar 2022
Rattus fuscipes at Cotter River, ACT - 21 Mar 2022
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Rattus fuscipes 8 Apr 2022 DonFletcher
Unidentified 8 Apr 2022 Christine

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Large dead rat(?) on the track, spotted by Suzi. Posted as not really certain what it is. My size 8 for size comparison.

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   8 Apr 2022
Rodents are hard to identify from photos at the best of times, but you must like making it really hard. This looks like it was run over or jumped on. Among the local species that look anything like this specimen, if the tail is bent forward over the back and reaches past the nose it is Rattus rattus the introduced Black Rat. Which is hard to tell because the body is so crunched up. And does the ear folded forward reach past the mid point of the eye? What about the pattern on the soles of the hind feet? I cant tell about the ear or the feet but the tail looks shorter than the head-body length and has more hair than most R. rattus I have seen so I guess it is Rattus fuscipes, the native Bush Rat.
Christine wrote:
   8 Apr 2022
Don, sorry for the terrible photos, but obviously the rat had been dead for a while and it was rather unpleasant being anywhere near it, so it was not a heap of fun to photograph! If I had known about the hind feet I would have endeavoured to get better photos of them, I guess I'll know for next time. @SuziBond will be interested to know the id though, so thanks!

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Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) sp. (genus & subgenus) (Halictid bee) at Cotter River, ACT - 8 Feb 2022 by AJB Cryptobothrus chrysophorus (Golden Bandwing) at Cotter River, ACT - 2 Jan 2022 by Tammy Melangyna viridiceps (Hover fly) at Cotter River, ACT - 22 Nov 2021 by AnneG1 Vanessa itea (Yellow Admiral) at Cotter River, ACT - 22 Nov 2021 by AnneG1 Austrotephritis sp. (genus) (Fruit fly or Seed fly) at Cotter River, ACT - 21 Oct 2021 by Harrisi Choerocoris paganus (Ground shield bug) at Cotter River, ACT - 3 Apr 2021 by Christine Heteronympha penelope (Shouldered Brown) at Cotter River, ACT - 20 Feb 2021 by Christine Austroaeschna inermis (Whitewater Darner) at Cotter River, ACT - 20 Feb 2021 by rawshorty Austroaeschna inermis (Whitewater Darner) at Cotter River, ACT - 20 Feb 2021 by Christine Melangyna viridiceps (Hover fly) at Cotter River, ACT - 26 Jun 2020 by SWishart Vanessa kershawi (Australian Painted Lady) at Cotter River, ACT - 23 Nov 2019 by SWishart Graphium macleayanum (Macleay's Swallowtail) at Cotter River, ACT - 22 Nov 2019 by SWishart Nacaduba biocellata (Two-spotted Line-Blue) at Cotter River, ACT - 22 Nov 2019 by SWishart Eleale aspera (Clerid beetle) at Cotter River, ACT - 22 Nov 2019 by SWishart Oreixenica lathoniella (Silver Xenica) at Cotter River, ACT - 7 Mar 2019 by JohnBundock Australiphthiria hilaris (Slender Bee Fly) at Cotter River, ACT - 21 Feb 2019 by JudithRoach Gminatus australis (Orange assassin bug) at Cotter River, ACT - 21 Feb 2019 by JudithRoach Neolucia hobartensis (Montane Heath-blue) at Cotter River, ACT - 3 Jan 2019 by Harrisi Orthetrum caledonicum (Blue Skimmer) at Cotter River, ACT - 26 Dec 2018 by JohnBundock Vanessa kershawi (Australian Painted Lady) at Cotter River, ACT - 18 Dec 2018 by JohnBundock Antasia flavicapitata (Yellow-headed Heath Moth) at Cotter River, ACT - 1 Nov 2018 by JohnBundock Dictyotus caenosus (Brown Shield Bug) at Cotter River, ACT - 1 Nov 2018 by JohnBundock Petroica phoenicea (Flame Robin) at Cotter River, ACT - 8 Oct 2018 by Rich Forshaw Nacaduba biocellata (Two-spotted Line-Blue) at Cotter River, ACT - 21 Dec 2017 by JohnBundock Junonia villida (Meadow Argus) at Cotter River, ACT - 21 Dec 2017 by JohnBundock Graphium macleayanum (Macleay's Swallowtail) at Cotter River, ACT - 21 Dec 2017 by JohnBundock Exoneura sp. (genus) (A reed bee) at Cotter River, ACT - 21 Dec 2017 by JudithRoach
Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) sp. (genus & subgenus) (Halictid bee) at Cotter River, ACT - 8 Feb 2022 by AJB
Cryptobothrus chrysophorus (Golden Bandwing) at Cotter River, ACT - 2 Jan 2022 by Tammy
Melangyna viridiceps (Hover fly) at Cotter River, ACT - 22 Nov 2021 by AnneG1
Vanessa itea (Yellow Admiral) at Cotter River, ACT - 22 Nov 2021 by AnneG1
Austrotephritis sp. (genus) (Fruit fly or Seed fly) at Cotter River, ACT - 21 Oct 2021 by Harrisi
Choerocoris paganus (Ground shield bug) at Cotter River, ACT - 3 Apr 2021 by Christine
Heteronympha penelope (Shouldered Brown) at Cotter River, ACT - 20 Feb 2021 by Christine
Austroaeschna inermis (Whitewater Darner) at Cotter River, ACT - 20 Feb 2021 by rawshorty
Austroaeschna inermis (Whitewater Darner) at Cotter River, ACT - 20 Feb 2021 by Christine
Melangyna viridiceps (Hover fly) at Cotter River, ACT - 26 Jun 2020 by SWishart
Vanessa kershawi (Australian Painted Lady) at Cotter River, ACT - 23 Nov 2019 by SWishart
Graphium macleayanum (Macleay's Swallowtail) at Cotter River, ACT - 22 Nov 2019 by SWishart
Nacaduba biocellata (Two-spotted Line-Blue) at Cotter River, ACT - 22 Nov 2019 by SWishart
Eleale aspera (Clerid beetle) at Cotter River, ACT - 22 Nov 2019 by SWishart
Oreixenica lathoniella (Silver Xenica) at Cotter River, ACT - 7 Mar 2019 by JohnBundock
Australiphthiria hilaris (Slender Bee Fly) at Cotter River, ACT - 21 Feb 2019 by JudithRoach
Gminatus australis (Orange assassin bug) at Cotter River, ACT - 21 Feb 2019 by JudithRoach
Neolucia hobartensis (Montane Heath-blue) at Cotter River, ACT - 3 Jan 2019 by Harrisi
Orthetrum caledonicum (Blue Skimmer) at Cotter River, ACT - 26 Dec 2018 by JohnBundock
Vanessa kershawi (Australian Painted Lady) at Cotter River, ACT - 18 Dec 2018 by JohnBundock
Antasia flavicapitata (Yellow-headed Heath Moth) at Cotter River, ACT - 1 Nov 2018 by JohnBundock
Dictyotus caenosus (Brown Shield Bug) at Cotter River, ACT - 1 Nov 2018 by JohnBundock
Petroica phoenicea (Flame Robin) at Cotter River, ACT - 8 Oct 2018 by Rich Forshaw
Nacaduba biocellata (Two-spotted Line-Blue) at Cotter River, ACT - 21 Dec 2017 by JohnBundock
Junonia villida (Meadow Argus) at Cotter River, ACT - 21 Dec 2017 by JohnBundock
Graphium macleayanum (Macleay's Swallowtail) at Cotter River, ACT - 21 Dec 2017 by JohnBundock
Exoneura sp. (genus) (A reed bee) at Cotter River, ACT - 21 Dec 2017 by JudithRoach

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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  • 1 Abundance
  • 21 Mar 2022 01:02 PM Recorded on
  • Christine Recorded by

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  • Deceased Animal health

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