Mayor's mouse

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Mayor's Mouse
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Mus
Species: M. mayori
Subspecies: Mus mayori mayori
Mus mayori pococki
Binomial name
Mus mayori
(Thomas, 1915)

Mayor's Mouse (Mus mayori) or Sri Lanka Bi-colored Spiny mouse, is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found only in Sri Lanka where it is known as ශ්‍රී ලංකා දෙපැහැ ක‍ටු හීන් මීයා in sinhala.[2] It is placed in the genus Coelomys by some authors.[who?]


Head and body length is 8-11cm. Tail is 9-10cm in length. Speckled chocolate brown above, the speckled affect owing to black-tipped gray spines that are intermixed with soft fur. Underparts are creamy white with chest much lightr or white in ssp. pococki and gray in ssp. mayori. Ears with dark edge but pinkish otherwise. Snout pinkish. Tail slender, scaly, and bi-colored (chocolate brown above, creamy white below). Large dark gray feet have tiny claws.


  1. ^ de A. Goonatilake, W.I.L.D.P.T.S., Nameer, P.O. & Molur, S. (2008). "Mus mayori". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 8 December 2009.  Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of vulnerable.
  2. ^ Musser, G. G.; Carleton, M. D. (2005). "Superfamily Muroidea". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 1396. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.