Ryukyu long-tailed giant rat

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Ryukyu long-tailed giant rat
Temporal range: Late Pleistocene to recent
Diplothrix legata Stuffed specimen.jpg
Stuffed specimen of Diplothrix legata. Exhibit in the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo, Japan.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Subfamily: Murinae
Genus: Diplothrix
Thomas, 1916
Species: D. legata
Binomial name
Diplothrix legata
(Thomas, 1906)

Diplothrix legatus[1][2]

The Ryukyu long-tailed giant rat or Ryukyu rat (Diplothrix legata) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is the only species in the genus Diplothrix. It is found only in the Ryukyu Islands of Japan. Its natural habitat is temperate forests. It is threatened by habitat loss.


  1. ^ Kaneko, Y. & Ishii, N. 2008. Diplothrix legata. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. Downloaded on 19 March 2012.
  2. ^ Diplothrix legata.

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