Distribution of Black Rat

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IT may interest Mr. Middleton to know that in 1866, the black rat was abundant on the top of the Island of Ascension; below, the “House of Hanover” held sway. I counted about a dozen, lying in a manure pit, that had been killed in the farm stables, during the previous two or three days, and was told by a soldier, who did not think them anything out of the way, that “there were plenty of them.”

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LAYARD, E. Distribution of Black Rat. Nature 20, 339 (1879) doi:10.1038/020339d0

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