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Kiore footprints.

Kiore leave the smallest prints of the three rat species, and are often only found on offshore islands (there are not many kiore on the main islands).

Kiore forefeet have four toes widely spaced in a circular pattern around up to three central pads. An adult forefoot print will be about 11.1mm wide and 15mm long. The hindfeet prints are about 15mm wide by 14mm long, with the middle three toes in front of the main pads (up to five) and the outer toes either side of the main pads.

Drawing: by Sonia Frimmel