Millet's leopoldamys

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Millet's leopoldamys
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Subfamily: Murinae
Genus: Leopoldamys
Species: L. milleti
Binomial name
Leopoldamys milleti
Robinson & Kloss, 1922

Millet's leopoldamys (Leopoldamys milleti) is a species of rodent from the family Muridae. It lives in the Langbian highlands of southern Vietnam, although it distribution limits are currently unresolved.[1] It is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List, and though only a handful of museum specimens signify its existence, it is presumed to have a high, stable population.[1] There are no apparent major threats to the species, and it occurs in a number of protected Vietnamese areas.[1] Millet's leopoldamys is a large, terrestrial omnivore that prefers montane forest, but is tolerant of secondary forest.[1]

Millet's leopoldamys was originally recognized in 1922 by Herbert Christopher Robinson and Cecil Boden Kloss as a "remarkably distinct race" of Edwards's long-tailed giant rat.[2] It remained described as such, while the Edwards's long-tailed giant rat went back and forth between the genera Rattus and Leopoldamys.[2] However, Millet's leopoldamys is distinct from Edwards's long-tailed giant rat by its much darker dorsal pelage and larger bullae.[2] Robinson and Kloss later noted that Millet's leopoldamys had a similar appearance to Bower's white-toothed rat, and a more recent specimen was initially identified as such.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Lunde, D. & Aplin, K. (2008). "Leopoldamys milleti". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d 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. 1347. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.