Little soft-furred rat

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Little soft-furred rat
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Rattus
Species group: R. rattus
Species: R. mollicomulus
Binomial name
Rattus mollicomulus
Tate & Archbold, 1935

The little soft-furred rat (Rattus mollicomulus) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found only in Indonesia. It is so called because it of soft silky fur. It is smaller than the roof rat but larger than house mouse.

Its grey in color with a white belly, the tail is sparsely haired with visible annular rings and the tail constitutes over 80% of head and body. It lives in burrows usually located in bunds at the edges of the fields It is roughly distributed from Balochistan to N.W.F.P and parts of southern Punjab. It is nocturnal not particularly colonial, insects form a significant part of its diet. It also feeds upon wheat, rice and sugar cane. It’s fossorial specie. It occurs in tropical and sub tropical dry deciduous forests, tropical grasslands, irrigated croplands and grasslands with gravel. Agriculture lands, water courses, embankments, dry rocky hills. It has been found to occupy gravelly areas, bunds of fields and largely cultivated areas [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Molur, S. & Nameer, P.O. (2008). Millardia meltada. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2.