Indomalayan pencil-tailed tree mouse

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Indomalayan pencil-tailed tree mouse
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Chiropodomys
Species: C. gliroides
Binomial name
Chiropodomys gliroides
(Blyth, 1856)

The Indomalayan pencil-tailed tree mouse or simply pencil-tailed tree mouse (Chiropodomys gliroides) is a species of arboreal rodent in the family Muridae. It is found in northeastern India, southern China (including Hainan), Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Peninsular Malaysia, and Indonesia (Java, Sumatra, the Mentawai Islands, and some other islands).[1][2] This locally abundant but patchily distributed species occurs in primary and secondary forests, without affinity to particular forest types. It can suffer from deforestation and is sometimes harvested for consumption.[1]


Like all members of the genus Chiropodomys, it builds its nest between stalks of bamboo. It does this by constructing a by constructing a bundle of leafs and branches between the two stalks, then knawing through part of the bamboo stalks so that they may enter into the nest. The mice are sociable in nature, and may share theeir nests with other mice.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Lunde, D.; Aplin, K.; Molur, S. (2008). "Chiropodomys gliroides". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2008: e.T4680A11081690. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  2. ^ 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. p. 1302. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  3. ^ Grzimek's Encyclopedia of Mammals Volume 3. McGraw-Hill Publishing Company. 1990.