Soft-furred rat

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Soft-furred rat
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Millardia
Species: M. meltada
Binomial name
Millardia meltada
(Gray, 1837)
Synonyms
  • Golunda meltada Gray, 1837
  • Mus comberi Wroughton, 1907
  • Mus lanuginosus Elliot, 1839
  • Mus listoni Wroughton, 1907
  • Rattus meltada ssp. meltada(Gray, 1837)
  • Rattus meltada ssp. pallidor(Ryley, 1914)

The soft-furred rat (Millardia meltada), or soft-furred metad, is a species of rodent in the family Muridae native to central Asia.

Description[edit]

Head and body length is 13–16 cm. Tail ss 12–14 cm. Yellowish to brownish gray dorsally and whitish in the undeparts. Tail naked, blackish above, paler beneath. Fine dense fur shorter ventrally. Many shortish whiskers. Males are larger.[citation needed]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The species occurs in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, at altitudes from ssea level to 2,670 m asl. It inhabits tropical and sub-tropical forests and grasslands, also making use of irrigated croplands and other cultivated areas.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Molur, S. & Nameer, P.O. (2017). "Millardia meltada". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN: e.T13525A115115706. Retrieved 29 July 2017.