Indian gerbil

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Indian gerbil
Tatera indica Hardwicke.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Tatera
Lataste, 1882
Species: T. indica
Binomial name
Tatera indica
(Hardwicke, 1807)

The Indian gerbil (Tatera indica) also known as "antelope rat", is a species of gerbil in the family Muridae.

It is found in southern Asia from Syria to Bangladesh.[1]

It is the only species in the genus Tatera. Members of the genus Gerbilliscus have historically been placed in Tatera.


Head and body length is 17–20 cm. Tail is 20–21 cm. Dorsal surface including entire head is light brown or light brown with rusty wash. Underparts are white. Tail fully furred, dark blackish brown with grayish sides and prominent black tuft on tip. Fur on body soft, sparse underneath; tail fur is longer. Eyes are large and prominent. Bounding gait is distinguished when running.[2]


Both the sexes of this species lives apart. The relation between male and female gerbils is not known yet.[3]


Omnivorous. Known to eat grains, seeds, plants, roots, insects, reptiles and even small birds and mammals it can catch up.[2]


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  2. ^ a b Yapa, A.; Ratnavira, G. (2013). Mammals of Sri Lanka. Colombo: Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka. p. 1012. ISBN 978-955-8576-32-8. 
  3. ^ Stephanie Mott. "ADW: Tatera indica: INFORMATION". Animal Diversity Web. Retrieved 30 May 2015.