Blanford's rat

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Blanford's rat
Temporal range: Recent
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Subfamily: Murinae
Genus: Madromys
Sody, 1941
Species: M. blanfordi
Binomial name
Madromys blanfordi
(Thomas, 1881)

Cremnomys blanfordi (Thomas, 1881)
Mus blanfordi Thomas, 1881
Rattus blanfordi (Thomas, 1881)

Blanford's rat (Madromys blanfordi) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is the only species in the genus Madromys. Known as වලිග සුදු වන මීයා (meaning white-tailed wood rat) in Sinhala language. It is found throughout India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh (in Satkhira District).


Head and body 14–15 cm; tail is 19 cm. Dorsum grayish brown, darker on back and lighter on the sides. White underparts. Feet are white in adults, brownish white in young. two thirds of the tail is brown from the base then covered with long dense white furs.[1]


  1. ^ Yapa, A.; Ratnavira, G. (2013). Mammals of Sri Lanka. Colombo: Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka. p. 1012. ISBN 978-955-8576-32-8.