Barbary striped grass mouse

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Barbary striped grass mouse
Barbary Striped Grass Mouse.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Lemniscomys
Species: L. barbarus
Binomial name
Lemniscomys barbarus
(Linnaeus, 1766)
The Barbary mouse, in an 1895 illustration

The Barbary striped grass mouse (Lemniscomys barbarus) is a small rodent of the suborder Myomorpha. This monotypic species is native to coastal Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia in northwest Africa.[1][2][3] In the past it was believed to also occur throughout a large part of Sub-Saharan Africa, but these populations are now treated as a separate species, the Heuglin's striped grass mouse (L. zebra).[2][3] These relatively small Lemniscomys are among the species most commonly kept in captivity.[4]

The Barbary, Heuglin's and Hoogstral's striped grass mouse (L. hoogstraali) form a group that have a distinctly dark and light striped pelage.[3] Other Lemniscomys either have more spotty/interrupted stripes or only a single dark stripe along the back.[3]


  1. ^ a b van der Straeten, E. (2008). "Lemniscomys barbarus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M., eds. (2005). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  3. ^ a b c d Carleton, M D., and Van der Straeten, E. (1997). Morphological differentiation among Subsaharan and north African populations of the Lemniscomys barbarus complex (Rodentia : Muridae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 110(4): 640-680.
  4. ^ Tofts, Russel. Striped Mouse. Archived September 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.