Greater bandicoot rat

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Greater Bandicoot Rat
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Bandicota
Species: B. indica
Binomial name
Bandicota indica
(Bechstein, 1800)

The Greater Bandicoot Rat (Bandicota indica) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found in China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. It can grow to about 27-29cm without including the tail which tail can grow to 28cm.

In Sri Lanka, the bandicoot rat is known as "Maha Uru-Meeya - මහ ඌරු මීයා" in Sinhala Language, the meaning of which directly translates to "Pig-Rat".


Dark gray-brown upperparts with a profusion of long black hairs. Sides gray with a few long black hairs. Short light gray fur on the ventral surface. Dark and naked scaly tail, dark feet with light-colored claws. The young are much lighter.


Parasites of Bandicota indica include:

Greater Bandicoot Rat-borne diseases[edit]


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