Oligoryzomys

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Oligoryzomys
Temporal range: Pleistocene to Recent
Raton colilarga.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae
Genus: Oligoryzomys
Bangs, 1900
Species

Oligoryzomys is a genus of rodents in the tribe Oryzomyini of family Cricetidae. Many species are known as pygmy rice rats[1] or colilargos.[2] The genus is found from Mexico to Tierra del Fuego and includes about 17 species.[3]

In Argentina and Chile Oligoryzomys longicaudatus and other members of the genus represent the reservoir for the hantavirus strain Andes virus (ANDV) (Wells et al., 1997; Levis et al., 1998; Cantoni et al., 2001).

References[edit]

  1. ^ IUCN, 2009
  2. ^ Musser and Carleton, 2005
  3. ^ Musser and Carleton, 2005; Weksler, 2006

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