White-tailed rat

White-tailed rat

Order : Rodentia
Suborder : Sciurognathi
Family : Muridae
Subfamily : Nesomyinae
Species : Brachytarsomys albicauda

 

Keywords: white

The White-tailed rat is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the whitetailed rat
A young / baby of a whitetailed rat is called a 'kitten, nestling, pinkie or pup'. The females are called 'doe' and males 'buck'. A whitetailed rat group is called a 'colony, horde, pack, plague or swarm'.
Countries
Madagascar

Facts about the white-tailed rat

Because white-tailed rats are the most common and widespread native mammal capable of dispersing large-seeds, this study suggests that they may play an important role in the seed and seedling dynamics of large-seeded tree species in Australian tropical rain forests.

Other hamsters are found in Europe and Asia, and species of the hamster genus Mystromys, called white-tailed rats, are found in Africa.

The White-Tailed Rat is a thickset, mouse-like rodent with soft wooly fur.

Because white-tailed rats are the most common and widespread native mammal capable of dispersing large seeds, this study suggests that they could play an important role in the seed and seedling dynamics of Australian tropical rain forests. (Full text)

Weighing up to a kilogram, the Giant White-tailed Rat is the same size as a small domestic cat or a rabbit. (Full text)

The Giant White-tailed Rat is restricted to Northern Queensland from just south of Townsville to the tip of Cape York Peninsula. (Full text)

The white-tailed rat is restricted to savannahs and grasslands of South Africa and Swaziland. (Full text)

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