Lesser cane rat

Lesser cane rat

Order : Rodentia
Suborder : Hystricognathi
Family : Thryonomyidae
Species : Thryonomys gregorianus


The Lesser cane rat is listed as Least Concern. 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 lesser cane rat
A young / baby of a lesser cane rat is called a 'kitten, nestling, pinkie or pup'. The females are called 'doe' and males 'buck'. A lesser cane rat group is called a 'colony, horde, pack, plague or swarm'.

Facts about the lesser cane rat

The grasscutter~ (Thryonomys swinderianus and Thryonomys gregorianus) is found in many forests and savannas of Africa. (Full text)

A sister species, namely the lesser cane rat, is found only in parts of Zimbabwe and Mozambique bordering on Zimbabwe.

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