Soft-furred rat

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Soft-furred Rat
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Millardia
Species: M. meltada
Binomial name
Millardia meltada
(Gray, 1837)

The Soft-furred Rat (Millardia meltada), or soft-furred metad, is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.


Head and body length is 13-16cm. Tail ss 12-14cm. Yellowish to brownish gray dorsally and whitish in the undeparts. Tail naked, blackish above, paler beneath. Fine dense fur shorter ventrally. Many shortish whiskers. Males are larger.

In culture[edit]

Soft furred rat is known as කෙස්මුදු කෙත් මීයා in Sinhala language.