Arvicanthis

Arvicanthis is a genus of rodent from Africa. They are commonly referred to as unstriped grass mice, unstriped grass rats, and kusu rats.

Arvicanthis
Temporal range: Early Pliocene–Recent
Arvicanthis niloticus
African grass rat (Arvicanthis niloticus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Subfamily: Murinae
Genus: Arvicanthis
Lesson, 1842
Species

Arvicanthis abyssinicus
Arvicanthis ansorgei
Arvicanthis blicki
Arvicanthis nairobae
Arvicanthis neumanni
Arvicanthis niloticus
Arvicanthis rufinus

Species

Genus Arvicanthis - unstriped grass mice

References

  • Musser, G. G. and M. D. Carleton. 2005. Superfamily Muroidea. pp. 894–1531 in Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.
Abyssinian grass rat

The Abyssinian grass rat (Arvicanthis abyssinicus) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found in Ethiopia. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland, arable land, and pastureland.

Aethomys

Aethomys is a genus of rodent from Africa. They are commonly referred to as rock rats, bush rats or rock mice.

African grass rat

The African grass rat (Arvicanthis niloticus) is a species of rodent in the family Murinae.

Apodemus

Apodemus is the genus of Muridae (true mice and rats) which contains the Eurasian field mice.

Blick's grass rat

Blick's grass rat (Arvicanthis blicki) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae.

It is found only in Ethiopia.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland.

It is threatened by habitat loss.

Desmomys

Desmomys is a genus of rodent in the family Muridae endemic to Ethiopia.

It contains the following species:

Genus Desmomys

Harrington's rat, D. harringtoni

Yalden's rat, D. yaldeni

Guinean grass rat

The Guinean grass rat (Arvicanthis rufinus) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae.

It is found in Benin, Ghana, Togo, possibly Cameroon, possibly Central African Republic, possibly Ivory Coast, possibly Guinea, possibly Liberia, and possibly Sierra Leone.

Its natural habitats are moist savanna, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, subtropical or tropical moist shrubland, arable land, pastureland, and urban areas.

Harrington's rat

Harrington's rat (Desmomys harringtoni) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae.

It is found only in Ethiopia.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests and subtropical or tropical moist shrubland.

Mindanao montane forest mouse

The Mindanao montane forest mouse (Apomys insignis) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae.

It is found only in the Philippines.

Mittendorf's striped grass mouse

Mittendorf's lemniscomys or Mittendorf's striped grass mouse (Lemniscomys mittendorfi) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae.

It is found only in Cameroon.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland.

Murinae

The Old World rats and mice, part of the subfamily Murinae in the family Muridae, comprise at least 519 species. Members of this subfamily are called murines. This subfamily is larger than all mammal families except the Cricetidae and Muridae, and is larger than all mammal orders except the bats and the remainder of the rodents.

Mylomys

Mylomys is a genus of rodent in the family Muridae.

It contains the following species:

African groove-toothed rat (Mylomys dybowskii)

Ethiopian mylomys (Mylomys rex)

Nairobi grass rat

The Nairobi grass rat (Arvicanthis nairobae) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae.

It is found in Kenya, Tanzania, and possibly Ethiopia.

Its natural habitat is dry savanna.

Neumann's grass rat

Neumann's grass rat (Arvicanthis neumanni) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae.

It is found in Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, and possibly Kenya.

Its natural habitats are dry savanna and subtropical or tropical dry shrubland.

Nyika rock rat

The Nyika rock rat (Aethomys nyikae) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae

found in Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, and Zambia.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry forest.

Sudanian grass rat

The Sudanian grass rat (Arvicanthis ansorgei) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae.

It is found in Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, possibly Benin, possibly Ivory Coast, possibly Ghana, possibly Guinea, and possibly Togo.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, subtropical or tropical moist shrubland, subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland, subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, arable land, pastureland, rural gardens, irrigated land, seasonally flooded agricultural land, and canals and ditches.

Tokudaia

Tokudaia is a genus of murine rodent native to Japan. Known as Ryūkyū spiny rats or spinous country-rats, population groups exist on several non-contiguous islands. Despite differences in name and appearance, they are the closest living relatives of the Eurasian field mouse (Apodemus). Of the three species, both T. osimensis and T. tokunoshimensis have lost their Y chromosome and SRY gene; the sex chromosomes of T. muenninki, on the other hand, are abnormally large.Named species are:

Muennink's spiny rat, Tokudaia muenninki

Ryukyu spiny rat, Tokudaia osimensis

Tokunoshima spiny rat, Tokudaia tokunoshimensisAt least Tokudaia osimensis may be a cryptic species complex.

Ward's field mouse

Ward's field mouse (Apodemus pallipes) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae.

It is found in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, India, Iran, Nepal, and Pakistan.

Western broad-toothed field mouse

The western broad-toothed field mouse (Apodemus epimelas) is a species of rodent in the genus Apodemus from southeastern Europe. It is related to A. mystacinus, which occurs further to the east.

Extant species of subfamily Murinae (Aethomys–Chrotomys)
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