Melanomys caliginosus

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Melanomys caliginosus
Skull on black background. Seen from above on the left, with text "4"; seen from below on the right, with text "4a".
Skull of Melanomys caliginosus from Cerro Azul, Panama.
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae
Subfamily: Sigmodontinae
Genus: Melanomys
M. caliginosus
Binomial name
Melanomys caliginosus
(Tomes, 1860)

Melanomys caliginosus, also known as the dusky melanomys[2] or dusky rice rat,[1] is a species of rodent in the genus Melanomys of family Cricetidae. It is found from Central America, in Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama, into South America, where it occurs in Venezuela, Colombia, and Ecuador. Populations currently classified under M. caliginosus may in fact include more than one species.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Anderson et al., 2008
  2. ^ Musser and Carleton, 2005

Literature cited[edit]

  • Anderson, R.P., Gómez-Laverde, M. and Timm, R. 2008. Melanomys caliginosus. In IUCN. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. <>. Downloaded on November 15, 2009.
  • Musser, G.G. and Carleton, M.D. 2005. Superfamily Muroidea. Pp. 894–1531 in Wilson, D.E. and Reeder, D.M. (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: a taxonomic and geographic reference. 3rd ed. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2 vols., 2142 pp. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0