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1 April 2006 NEW INVASIVE SPECIES IN SOUTHERN FLORIDA: GAMBIAN RAT (CRICETOMYS GAMBIANUS)
Neil D. Perry, Britta Hanson, Winston Hobgood, Roel L. Lopez, Craig R. Okraska, Kevin Karem, Inger K. Damon, Darin S. Carroll
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Abstract

On 17 August 2004, 5 Gambian rats (Cricetomys gambianus; 2 males and 3 females) were collected on Grassy Key, Florida. Evidence obtained from this collection confirms the existence of the 1st North American established and reproducing Cricetomys population. This invasive rodent population could represent a new series of ecological threats to the native and endemic flora and fauna of southern Florida.

Neil D. Perry, Britta Hanson, Winston Hobgood, Roel L. Lopez, Craig R. Okraska, Kevin Karem, Inger K. Damon, and Darin S. Carroll "NEW INVASIVE SPECIES IN SOUTHERN FLORIDA: GAMBIAN RAT (CRICETOMYS GAMBIANUS)," Journal of Mammalogy 87(2), 262-264, (1 April 2006). https://doi.org/10.1644/05-MAMM-A-132RR.1
Accepted: 1 August 2005; Published: 1 April 2006
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Cricetomys
Florida Keys
Gambian rat
invasive species
zoonoses
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