Ceylon spiny mouse
|Ceylon spiny mouse|
Head and body length 9–11 cm. Tail 6–7 cm. Reddish gray above, with gray flat spines (each with 11mm in length) and the reddish hue from the intermixed fine fur. Underparts pure white with lots of long black hairs overlying. Whitish to grayish underparts, sometimes with a reddish-brown tinge. Ears dark and relatively large. Snout pointed. Tail scaly, dark purple in color, and longer than body length. Incisors are orange in color.
The Ceylon spiny mouse is an endangered species known only from the following locations.
- Central Province, Sri Lanka (Kumbalaghamuwa)
- North Eastern Province, Sri Lanka (Kumana)
- Southern Province, Sri Lanka (Buttawa in Hambantota and Yala National Park)
- Uva Province (Galge in Monaragala)
- Musser, G.G.; Carleton, M.D. (2005). "Superfamily Muroidea". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 894–1531. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
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