Bramble Cay Melomys

Bramble Cay Melomys
Bramble Cay Mosaic-tailed Rat
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Melomys
Species: M. rubicola
Binomial name
Melomys rubicola
Thomas, 1924

The Bramble Cay Mosaic-tailed Rat, or Bramble Cay Melomys (Melomys rubicola) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found only in Australia on Bramble Cay where its population is small. It is similar to the Cape York Melomys except that it has some protein differences and a coarser tail caused by elevated scales. Most prominent in herdfields and strandline vegetation where it also builds burrows.


  1. ^ Leary, T., Singadan, R., Menzies, J., Wright, D. & Thomson, B. (2008). Melomys rubicola. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 10 October 2008. Listed as Critically Endangered (CR D v3.1)