Order : Rodentia
Suborder : Sciurognathi
Family : Muridae
Subfamily : Murinae
Species : Rattus ranjiniae
The Kerala rat is listed as Vulnerable (VU), considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Namings for the Kerala ratA young / baby of a Kerala rat is called a 'kitten, nestling, pinkie or pup'. The females are called 'doe' and males 'buck'. A Kerala rat group is called a 'colony, horde, pack, plague or swarm'.
Kerala rat habitatsBogs, Marshes, Swamps, Fens, Peatlands, Grassland, Subtropical / Tropical Dry Grassland and Wetlands (inland)
Facts about the Kerala rat
' Based on work with laboratory mice, the minor skeletal variants in Kerala rats are overwhelmingly influenced by non-genetic factors.
In this regard, Rose (1982) points out that based on extensive work with laboratory mice (Ehling 1966), the minor skeletal variants studied in Kerala rats are overwhelmingly influenced by nongenetic factors in their manifestation.
The Kerala Rat is currently listed as a vulnerable species (2003), and this particular species of rat is also endemic to India. (Full text)More animals beginning with K