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Ecology

S. Anthony Barnett

in The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195162851
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199863891 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162851.003.0002
 Ecology

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The “Norway rat” (Rattus norvegicus), known also as the “brown rat” is rivaled as a pest only by the house mouse (Mus domesticus vel musculus) and the “ship” or “black” rat (Rattus rattus). R. norvegicus also displays peculiar features that make it of special interest to both ethologists and experimental psychologists. This chapter provides an overview of the ecology of the wild R. norvegicus.

Keywords: Rattus norvegicus; laboratory rats; ecology; rat behavior; environment; food selection; social interactions; Norway rat; ecology

Chapter.  4871 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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