Black-footed tree-rat

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Black-footed tree-rat
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Superfamily: Muroidea
Family: Muridae
Subfamily: Murinae
Genus: Mesembriomys
Species: M. gouldii
Binomial name
Mesembriomys gouldii
Gray, 1843

Hapalotis hirsutus Gould, 1842

The black-footed tree-rat (Mesembriomys gouldii) is one of two endemic arboreal rat species from the genus Mesembriomys found in the northern regions of Australia.

The species is one of the largest murids found in Australia. It is a folivore and frugivore and its diet may be supplemented by invertebrates such as termites and molluscs.


  1. ^ Woinarski, J., Winter, J. & Burbidge, A. (2008). Mesembriomys gouldii. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 10 October 2008.
  • 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.