Elvira rat

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Elvira Rat
Elvira rat.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Cremnomys
Species: C. elvira
Binomial name
Cremnomys elvira
(Ellerman, 1946)
Synonyms
  • Rattus Elvira
  • Large Rock-rat[1]

The Elvira Rat (Cremnomys elvira) is a critically endangered[1] species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found only in the Eastern Ghats of Tamil Nadu, India.[1] Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry shrubland.

Description Size: Head and body length: 149 mm Tail length: 196 mm

The upper parts are brownish grey and the underparts are greyish white. The tail is bicoloured. Its length is thought to be an adaptation to movement among rocks.

Major threats are habitat loss, conversion of forests and fuel wood collection.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Molur, S. & Nameer, P.O. (2008). "Cremnomys elvira". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.