Chestnut white-bellied rat

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Chestnut white-bellied rat
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Niviventer fulvescens
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Niviventer
N. fulvescens
Binomial name
Niviventer fulvescens
(Gray, 1847)

The chestnut white-bellied rat (Niviventer fulvescens) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is a small rodent with a distinct bright chestnut upper-coat and a white under-coat. The colour of the upper-coat is variable from very bright to a duller brown. The side of the body has a distinct margin where the upper and the under-coat meet. The upper-side of the tail is mostly brownish whereas the underside is whitish to flesh coloured. The species is mostly found in disturbed and undisturbed forest habitat. The species is known to scatter-hoard seeds in forests of eastern Himalayas.[2]

It is found in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam.


  1. ^ Niviventer fulvescens
  2. ^ Sidhu, Swati; Datta, Aparajita (2015-08-06). "Tracking Seed Fates of Tropical Tree Species: Evidence for Seed Caching in a Tropical Forest in North-East India". PLOS ONE. 10 (8): e0134658. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0134658. ISSN 1932-6203. PMC 4527596. PMID 26247616.