Zygodontomys brevicauda

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Zygodontomys brevicauda
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae
Genus: Zygodontomys
Species: Z. brevicauda
Binomial name
Zygodontomys brevicauda
J.A. Allen & Chapman, 1893

Zygodontomys brevicauda, also known as the short-tailed zygodont,[1] short-tailed cane mouse,[2] or common cane mouse,[3] is a species of rodent in the genus Zygodontomys of tribe Oryzomyini. It occurs from Costa Rica via Panama, Colombia and Venezuela into Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and northern Brazil, including Trinidad and Tobago. It includes three subspecies: Zygodontomys brevicauda brevicauda, Zygodontomys brevicauda cherriei, and Zygodontomys brevicauda microtinus. Many Zygodontomys brevicauda serve as viral reservoirs, causing illnesses such as Venezuelan hemorrhagic fever. [4]


  1. ^ Musser and Carleton, 2005
  2. ^ Delgado et al., 2008
  3. ^ Duff and Lawson, 2004
  4. ^ Salas, R., and De Manzione, N.. "Venezuelan haemorrhagic fever." Lancet. 8774.338 (1991): 1033-1037. Print.

Literature cited[edit]

  • Delgado, C., Rivas, B., Anderson, R. P., Gómez-Laverde, M. & Emmons, L. (2008). Zygodontomys brevicauda. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 27 February 2009.
  • Duff, A. and Lawson, A. 2004. Mammals of the World: A checklist. Yale University Press, 312 pp. ISBN 978-0-300-10398-4
  • Musser, G.G. and Carleton, M.D. 2005. Superfamily Muroidea. Pp. 894–1531 in Wilson, D.E. and Reeder, D.M. (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: a taxonomic and geographic reference. 3rd ed. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2 vols., 2142 pp. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0