Hatt's thicket rat

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Hatt's thicket rat
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Thamnomys
Species: T. major
Binomial name
Thamnomys major
(Hatt, 1934)[1]

Hatt's thicket rat (Thamnomys major), is a species of thicket rat indigenous to the northern slopes of Mount Karisimbi, an inactive volcano in North Kivu (Nord-Kivu) province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Since the species is identifiable only via the holotype, its exact distribution is indeterminable. Contemporary analysis suggests a 'significant' difference in the size of the holotype and T. kempi, where the former also exhibits molar features atypical of the later. Yet other specimens collected from the slopes of Mount Karisimbi, rats that Hatt had considered as examples of T. major, were subsequently described as consistent with T. kempi.[2]


  1. ^ Hatt, R. T. "Fourteen hitherto unrecognized African rodents". American Museum Novitates (708): 10. 
  2. ^ Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. (2005). Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0801882210.