Saxatilomys

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Saxatilomys
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Eutheria
Superorder: Euarchontoglires
Order: Rodentia
Suborder: Myomorpha
Superfamily: Muroidea
Family: Muridae
Subfamily: Murinae
Genus: Saxatilomys
Musser, 2005
Species

Saxatilomys paulinae

Saxatilomys is a genus of Muridae rodent native to central Laos. It was first discovered in the Khammouan Limestone National Biodiversity Conservation Area in Khammouan Province. The name is derived from the Latin saxatilis, meaning "among the rocks" and the Greek mys meaning mouse or rat.[1]

Appearance[edit]

The genus is similar, and likely closely related, to the Niviventer and Chiromyscus genera. Saxatilomys is distinguished from these and other Indomalayan genera by "semispinous dark gray upperparts, dark frosted gray underparts, large, extremely bulbous footpads, and a combination of derived and primitive cranial and dental traits".[1]

Habitat[edit]

Saxatilomys is thought to be petricolous and has only been observed in forested, rocky Limestone habitats.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Musser, G.G., Smith, A.L., Robinson, M.F. & Lunde, D.P. (November 2005). "Description of a New Genus and Species of Rodent (Murinae, Muridae, Rodentia) from the Khammouan Limestone National Biodiversity Conservation Area in Lao PDR". American Museum Novitates 3497: 1–31. doi:10.1206/0003-0082(2005)497[0001:DOANGA]2.0.CO;2. ISSN 0003-0082. 

External links[edit]

Data related to Saxatilomys at Wikispecies