Ohiya rat

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Ohiya Rat
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Subfamily: Murinae
Genus: Srilankamys
Musser, 1981
Species: S. ohiensis
Binomial name
Srilankamys ohiensis
(Phillips, 1929)

The Ohiya Rat (Srilankamys ohiensis), or Sri Lanka Bi-colored rat, is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is the only species in the genus Srilankamys. It is found only in Sri Lanka where it is known locally as ශ්‍රී ලංකා දෙපැහැ මීයා in Sinhala.

Description[edit]

Head and body length is 15-18cm. Tail is 19-21cm. Steel gray above grading to pale yellowish gray on the sides. Underparts pure white. Tail distinctive. Dusky purple above, white below, the tip white all round. Head relatively large. Large ears pink inside. Eyes small, almond-shaped. Pinkish muzzle. Light-colored feet.

References[edit]

  • de A. Goonatilake, W.I.L.D.P.T.S., Nameer, P.O. & Molur, S. 2008. Srilankamys ohiensis. 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.