Indian gerbil

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Indian gerbil
Tatera indica Hardwicke.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Subfamily: Gerbillinae
Genus: Tatera
Lataste, 1882
Species: T. indica
Binomial name
Tatera indica
(Hardwicke, 1807)

The Indian gerbil, Tatera indica, is a species of gerbil in the family Muridae. It is found in Afghanistan, India, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Syria. It is the only species in the genus Tatera. Members of the genus Gerbilliscus have historically been placed in the genus Tatera.

Known as "weli meeya" or වැලි මීයා in Sinhala meaning 'Sand mouse".

Description[edit]

Head and body length is 17-20cm. Tail is 20-21cm. Dorsal surface including entire head is light brown or light brown with rusty wash. Underparts are white. Tail fully furred, dark blackish brown with grayish sides and prominent black tuft on tip. Fur on body soft, sparse underneath; tail fur is longer. Eyes are large and prominent. Bounding gait is distinguished when running.

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