Shining thicket rat

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Shining Thicket Rat
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Grammomys
Species: G. poensis
Binomial name
Grammomys poensis
(Eisentraut, 1965)

rutilans (Peters, 1876)

The shining thicket rat (Grammomys poensis) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It is found in Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Uganda.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, and subtropical or tropical moist shrubland.

Synonyms and homonyms[edit]

The species is more commonly referred to as G. rutilans, but Musser and Carleton (2005) noted that Mus rutilans Peters, 1876 is a junior homonym of Mus rutilans Olfers, 1818, which refers to the South American Oxymycterus rutilans.


  • Dieterlen, F. 2004. Grammomys rutilans. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 19 July 2007.
  • Musser, G. G. and M. D. Carleton. 2005. Superfamily Muroidea. pp. 894–1531 in Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.