Friday, October 21, 2011
Another Tasty Snack From the Lemurian Realm
These are also the rats that Polynesian men are said to wear their hair in rattails in imitation of:
The Polynesian Rat, or Pacific Rat (Rattus exulans), known to the Māori as kiore, is the third most widespread species of rat in the world behind the Brown Rat and Black rat. The Polynesian Rat originates in Southeast Asia but, like its cousins, has become well travelled - infiltrating most Polynesian islands, New Zealand, Fiji, and even Hawaii.
["Rattus exulans" means "Edible rat"]
[Actually, if you draw a vertical line through the center just to the right of the Philippines and Sulawesi (Celebes, that is the larger island in the center that looks loike the letter x with a tail), the islands to the West (Left) of that will be natural range and the islands to the East (Right) of that line will be long-established (Pleistocene) extensions of the natural range: the rats were subsequently carried all across the Pacific.]
Best Wishes, Dale D.