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The Buka Island mosaic-tailed rat or Buka Island melomys (Melomys spechti) is a species of rat in Oceania.

Buka Island mosaic-tailed rat
Buka Island melomys[1]
(Melomys spechti)
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Melomys
M. spechti
Binomial name
Melomys spechti
Flannery and Wickler, 1990

It is endemic to Buka Island, in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville in northeastern Papua New Guinea.


  1. ^ "ITIS". Retrieved 21 December 2014.