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  • Among the favorite food sources of R. exulans are tree seeds and tree sprouts.

    Don't Blame the Natives

  • The real culprit, according to "The Statues That Walked," was the Polynesian rat Rattus exulans , which stowed away on the boats of the first Polynesian settlers.

    Don't Blame the Natives

  • Today, the rat has been synonymized with the Polynesian rat (Rattus exulans), so is no longer considered a distinct species.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • Carol Witt@936: Someone on the LatinStudy list said much the same; "insquequo" and "exulans" are apparently Medieval Latin, which is why they didn't show up in my Classical reference works.

    Making Light: Open thread 135

  • Introduced rats are still present, although this is the Polynesian rat Rattus exulans, rather than black or brown rats.

    Henderson Island, United Kingdom

  • Although tuataras once ranged throughout much of the hotspot, the arrival of the Polynesia rat (Rattus exulans) greatly reduced their numbers.

    Biological diversity in New Zealand

  • Wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans), black-browed albatross (D. melanophrys) and grey-headed albatross (D. chrysostoma) occur in lower numbers than the 1,500-2,000 pairs of light-mantled sooty albatross Phoebetria palpebrata.

    MacQuarie Island, Australia

  • So extinction due to R. exulans probably wasn't an instantaneous event, but rather a process that was and is still continuing; each generation, fewer Pritchardia seeds escape the rats and thus fewer reach maturity to replace their forebears.

    Is there a statute of limitations for introduced species on Hawaii?—A reader’s response

  • Wandering albatross Diomedea exulans was reported breeding for the first time in 1980.

    Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Australia

  • The 120 recorded bird species include 40 seabirds, of which five breed nowhere else: Southern Royal Albatross Diomedea epomophora (LR), Gibson's Albatross D. exulans gibsoni, Antipodean Albatross D. exulans antipodensis, Campbell Mollymauk Diomedea melanophrys impavida (Thalassarche impavida) and White-capped Mollymauk D. cauta steadi (T. steadi).

    Subantarctic Islands, New Zealand


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  • "'I had always connected albatrosses with the high southern latitudes. What kind was this one?'

    "'I only know that it was not Linnaeus' exulans, though he has it wandering in the tropics...'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Nutmeg of Consolation, 136–137

    A Sea of Words: "The great albatross, Diomedea exulans." (191)

    March 6, 2008