Chisel-toothed kangaroo rat

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Chisel-toothed kangaroo rat
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Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Heteromyidae
Genus: Dipodomys
Species: D. microps
Binomial name
Dipodomys microps
(Merriam, 1904)

The chisel-toothed kangaroo rat (Dipodomys microps) is a species of rodent in the family Heteromyidae.[2] It is endemic to the United States (found in Nevada, Utah, California, Oregon, and parts of Arizona and Idaho).[3] Their tail is 6.5 inches(136 mm) long, over two inches longer than the rest of their body, which is usually 4.25 inches.[4] There are 13 sub-species. [5] Saltbush leaves are a major dietary component, requiring specialized physiology to eliminate the salt while retaining water.[6] Their usual habitat is desert shrub.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Linzey, A.V. & NatureServe (Hammerson, G.) (2008). Dipodomys microps. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 13 January 2009.
  2. ^ Patton, J. L. (2005). "Family Heteromyidae". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 846–847. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  3. ^ Reid, Fiona A. (2006). Mammals of North America. ISBN 0-395-93596-2. 
  4. ^ Reid, Fiona A. (2006). Mammals of North America. ISBN 0-395-93596-2. 
  5. ^ Wilson, Don E. (ed.). The Smithsonian Book of North American Mammals. Smithsonian Institution Press. ISBN 1-56098-845-2. 
  6. ^ Mares, Michael A. (1 November 2003), "Desert dreams: seeking the secret mammals of the salt pans - Naturalist at Large", Natural History 
  7. ^ http://www.fws.gov/fishsprings/pdfs/MammalList.pdf