Monday, November 2, 2009

Monday Morgue: 2nd November 2009

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Rat (Rattus sp.)
Pasir Ris, 17th June 2009

It's interesting to see how carcasses deteriorate over time; for some reason, this rat (which was shown in this post) didn't fully decompose, and instead became mummified. I'd first discovered the carcass in May, but by late July, which was the last time I really bothered to inspect it, it had turned quite flat and crispy.

This could be any of the following species of rat commonly found in urban areas:

Oriental house rat (Rattus tanezumi), formerly considered conspecific with the common house rat (Rattus rattus)
Ecology Asia
Wildlife Singapore
Global Invasive Species Database
Animal Diversity Web

Common rat (Rattus norvegicus)
Global Invasive Species Database
Animal Diversity Web

Polynesian rat (Rattus exulans)
Ecology Asia
Global Invasive Species Database
Animal Diversity Web

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