Cloud rat

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Cloud rats
Slender-tailed Cloud Rat.jpg
Phloeomys pallidus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Subfamily: Murinae
in part
Genera

Phloeomys
Crateromys

The cloud rats are a group of arboreal and folivorous[1] nocturnal rodents native to the forests of the Philippines. There are six known species of true cloud rat, and two dwarf cloud rats species. These animals have not been studied extensively. The Filipino Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau has begun breeding Northern Luzon slender-tailed cloud rats in captivity. London Zoo, Prague Zoo, Central Park Zoo and the Bronx Zoo are the only locations outside of the Philippines where cloud rats are bred in captivity.[2] Some species of cloud rats are kept in the mini-zoo of the College of Agriculture and Forestry of the West Visayas State University in their Lambunao campus in the province of Iloilo.[citation needed] Cloud rats are slow-moving herbivores and are thought to be preyed upon by large birds. The rats are quite large, and they have been hunted by people in the Philippines for their meat, driving the rodents to near extinction.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ al.], Alexandra van der Geer ... [et (2010). Evolution of island mammals : adaptation and extinction of placental mammals on islands. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. p. 226. ISBN 1-4051-9009-4. 
  2. ^ "Cloud rat arrives at London Zoo". BBC News. 2004-11-11. Retrieved 2008-04-28.