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European rabbit? (jaw bone)

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jaw bone? can anyone help ID this assumed sea mammal? I understand there are no indigenous mammals on New Zealand. This bone was found on the beach at Karekare

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European rabbit
Oryctolagus cuniculus European rabbit


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5 Comments

PaulMire
PaulMire 9 years ago

Excellent, thanks to you both

lori.tas
lori.tas 9 years ago

According to my copy of "Tracks, Scats, and other Traces", that is the jawbone of an introduced European rabbit.

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Well, being indigenous is one thing. It doesn't mean that a rodent stowaway or two didn't escape off of a ship and infiltrate an environment. Let me compare it to some jaw bones in a book I have to see if at the very least we can rule out a few species.

PaulMire
PaulMire 9 years ago

Thanks Emily. Unfortunately it is the only picture I took. But I was intrigued enough to take it since I read there were no indigenous land mammals in all of New Zealand.

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 9 years ago

At first glance it looks like a rodent, but it could also be a small marsupial. If you could add a few additional photos It might be easier for some of us to ID! Cool find!

PaulMire
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Spotted on Nov 18, 2011
Submitted on Jul 31, 2012

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