The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database


Scientific Name
Papagomys theodorverhoeveni
Musser, 1981:95
Common Name/s
Verhoeven’s giant tree rat
Flores, Indonesia
Last Record
IUCN status
Not evaluated
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Suyanto and Watts (2002) reported a skull of this species excavated in 1974 (MZB 12716), and concluded that the species must be recent. However, (Zijlstra and Hoek Osetnde, 2008) persuasively argued that this specimen was incorrectly diagnosed, and is in fact [i]P. armandvillei[/i] (Jentink, 1892).
This species may still be extant.
[b]Original Scientific Description:[/b]

Musser, G. G. (1981). [url=]The giant rat of Flores and its relatives east of Borneo and Bali[/url]. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 169(2): 67-176.

[b]Species Bibliography:[/b]

Hooijer, D. A. (1957). Three new giant prehistoric rats from Flores, Lesser Sunda Islands. Zoologische Mededelingen 35: 299-314.

Elisa Locatelli, Rokus Awe Due, Gert D. van den Bergh and Lars W. van den Hoek Ostende. (2012). [url=]Pleistocene survivors and Holocene extinctions: The giant rats from Liang Bua (Flores, Indonesia)[/url]. Quaternary International 281: 47-57.

Suyanto, A. and Watts, C. H.S. (2002). Verhoeven’s giant rat of Flores, Indonesia (Papagomys theodorverhoeveni Musser, 1981; Muridae) is a modern species. Treubia 32: 87-93.

Wilson, D.E. & Reeder, D.M. 2005 Mammal species of the world: a taxonomic and geographic reference. Third edition. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press.

Zijlstra, J. S. and Hoek Ostende, van den L. W. (2008). [url=]Verhoeven’s giant rat of Flores (Papagomys theodorverhoeveni, Muridae) extinct after all?[/url] Contributions to Zoology 77(1): 25-31.