Nolthenius's long-tailed climbing mouse

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Nolthenius's Long-tailed Climbing Mouse
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Vandeleuria
Species: V. nolthenii
Binomial name
Vandeleuria nolthenii
Phillips, 1929
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Nolthenius's Long-tailed Climbing Mouse (Vandeleuria nolthenii), also known as Sri Lanka Highland Tree Mouse, is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found only in Sri Lanka. It is known as ශ්‍රී ලංකා ගස් මීයා in Sinhala.

Description[edit]

Head and body length is 8-9cm. Tail is 12-13cm. Dark reddish brown dorsally and darker in the back. Underparts gray. Dark brown face. Dark brown tail and ears. Long whiskers are black, short ones are silvery in color. Back fur long, soft, and dense.

References[edit]

  • de A. Goonatilake, W.I.L.D.P.T.S., Nameer, P.O. & Molur, S. 2008. Vandeleuria nolthenii. 2009 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 6 October 2009.
  • Musser, G. G. and M. D. Carleton. 2005. Superfamily Muroidea. Pp. 894–1531 in Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.