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    Details of this species in Kayangel Is.
    Status: Alien
    Invasiveness: Invasive
    Occurrence: Established
    Source: The Pacific Invasives Initiative 2006
    Arrival Date:
    Introduction:
    Species Notes for this Location:
    Management Notes for this Location:
    A feasibility study was planned for June 2006 as part of a PII (Pacific Invasives Initiative) project, which should lead to a management and eradication plans. Target species for eradication include Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus), ship rats (Rattus rattus), cats (Felis catus) and mice (Mus musculus).
    Impacts:
    Disease transmission: Rattus norvegicus are known to affect community health in Palau by acting as disease vectors, exposing citizens to gastrointestinal illnesses and leptospirosis through water supplies
    Economic/Livelihoods: Rattus norvegicus are causing economic losses by damaging crops including papaya and corn.
    Threat to endangered species: Ground birds such as the Micronesian megapode (see Megapodius laperouse in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species) are particularly vulnerable to introduced predators such as rats and cats.
    Last Modified: 19/07/2006 11:01:02 a.m.


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