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Nesomyidae - African and Malagasy rats

Malagasy Giant RatThere are around 60 species in this family. They are found in Africa. They are found in a variety of habitats including forests, swamps, grasslands, fields, and wetlands.

Some species live in trees, while others are live on the ground. Most species can climb trees.

They eat a wide variety of foods including seeds, leaves, berries, nuts, insects, birds, eggs, carrion, and small reptiles.

 

 

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in USThreatened in US Threatened in New HampshireThreatened in NH Endangered in USEndangered in US Endangered in NHEndangered in NH IntroducedIntroduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None
  None

Other Species Around the World

Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH

Long-tailed Pouched Rat - Beamys hindei Least Concern Africa
White-tailed Tree Rat - Brachytarsomys albicauda Least Concern Africa
Hairy-tailed Tree Rat - Brachytarsomys villosa Endangered Africa
Betsileo Short-tailed Rat - Brachyuromys betsileoensis Least Concern Africa
Gregarious Short-tailed Rat - Brachyuromys ramirohitra Least Concern Africa
Forest Giant Pouched Rat - Cricetomys emini Least Concern Africa
Northern Giant Pouched Rat - Cricetomys gambianus Least Concern Africa
Delany's Swamp Mouse - Delanymys brooksi Vulnerable Africa
Montane African Climbing Mouse - Dendromus insignis Least Concern Africa
Mount Kahuzi Climbing Mouse - Dendromus kahuziensis Critically Endangered Africa
Kivu African Climbing Mouse - Dendromus kivu Least Concern Africa
Lovat's African Climbing Mouse - Dendromus lovati Least Concern Africa
Gray African Climbing Mouse - Dendromus melanotis Least Concern Africa
Brant's Climbing Mouse - Dendromus mesomelas Least Concern Africa
Banana Climbing Mouse - Dendromus messorius Least Concern Africa
Chestnut Climbing Mouse - Dendromus mystacalis Least Concern Africa
Nyika Climbing Mouse - Dendromus nyikae Least Concern Africa
Cameroon Climbing Mouse - Dendromus oreas Vulnerable Africa
Vernay's Climbing Mouse - Dendromus vernayi Africa
Velvet Climbing Mouse - Dendroprionomys rousseloti Africa
Tsingy Tuft-tailed Rat - Eliurus antsingy Africa
Daniel's Tuft-tailed Rat - Eliurus danieli Africa
Ellerman's Tuft-tailed Rat - Eliurus ellermani Africa
Grandidier's Tuft-tailed Rat - Eliurus grandidieri Least Concern Africa
Major's Tufted-tailed Rat - Eliurus majori Least Concern Africa
Lesser Tufted-tailed Rat - Eliurus minor Least Concern Africa
Western Tuft-tailed Rat - Eliurus myoxinus Least Concern Africa
White-tipped Tuft-tailed Rat - Eliurus penicillatus Endangered Africa
Petter's Tuft-tailed Rat - Eliurus petteri Vulnerable Africa

  Tanala Tuft-tailed Rat - Eliurus tanala Least Concern Africa
Webb's Tuft-tailed Rat - Eliurus webbi Least Concern Africa
Gymnuromys roberti Least Concern Africa
Malagasy Giant Jumping Rat - Hypogeomys antimena Endangered Africa
Western Big-footed Mouse - Macrotarsomys bastardi Least Concern Africa
Long-tailed Big-footed Mouse - Macrotarsomys ingens Endangered Africa
Petter's Big-footed Mouse - Macrotarsomys petteri Africa
Gerbil Mouse - Malacothrix typica Least Concern Africa
Nikolaus's Mouse - Megadendromus nikolausi Africa
Malagasy Mountain Mouse - Monticolomys koopmani Least Concern Africa
White-tailed Mouse - Mystromys albicaudatus Endangered Africa
Lowland Red Forest Rat - Nesomys audeberti Least Concern Africa
Lowland Red Forest Rat - Nesomys lambertoni Endangered Africa
Eastern Red Forest Rat - Nesomys rufus Least Concern Africa
Barbour's Rock Mouse - Petromyscus barbouri Least Concern Africa
Pygmy Rock Mouse - Petromyscus collinus Least Concern Africa
Brukkaros Pygmy Rock Mouse - Petromyscus monticularis Least Concern Africa
Shortridge's Rock Mouse - Petromyscus shortridgei Least Concern Africa
Dollman's Tree Mouse - Prionomys batesi Africa
Southern African Pouched Mouse - Saccostomus campestris Least Concern Africa
East African Pouched Mouse - Saccostomus mearnsi Least Concern Africa
Bocage's Fat Mouse - Steatomys bocagei Africa
Northwestern Fat Mouse - Steatomys caurinus Least Concern Africa
Dainty Fat Mouse - Steatomys cuppedius Least Concern Africa
Jackson's Fat Mouse - Steatomys jacksoni Africa
Kreb's Fat Mouse - Steatomys krebsii Least Concern Africa
Pousargues's Fat Mouse - Steatomys opimus Least Concern Africa
Tiny Fat Mouse - Steatomys parvus Least Concern Africa
Fat Mouse - Steatomys pratensis Least Concern Africa
Eastern Voalavo - Voalavo antsahabensis Endangered Africa
Northern Voalavo - Voalavo gymnocaudus Least Concern Africa

Additional Information

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Gray African Climbing Mouse - Dendromus melanotis profile Photos Least Concern Africa
The gray African climbing mouse is found in Angola,Benin,Botswana,The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia,Guinea,Liberia,Malawi,Mozambique,Namibia,Nigeria,Rwanda,South Africa,Swaziland,Tanzania, Uganda,Zambia,and Zimbabwe.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Malagasy Giant Jumping Rat - Hypogeomys antimena profile Photos Endangered Africa
The Malagasy giant jumping rat is only found in Madagascar.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Malagasy Giant Jumping Rat - Hypogeomys antimena profile Photos Endangered Africa
The Malagasy giant jumping rat has large rabbit-like ears.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Northern Giant Pouched Rat - Cricetomys gambianus profile Photos Least Concern Africa
The northern giant pouched rat is also known as the Gambian rat. It is found in Angola,Benin,Botswana,Burkina Faso,Burundi,Central African Republic,Chad,Congo,The Democratic Republic of the Congo,Côte d'Ivoire,Gabon,Gambia,Ghana,Guinea,Guinea-Bissau,Kenya,Malawi,Mali,Mauritania,Mozambique,Niger,Nigeria,Rwanda,Senegal,South Africa,Sudan,Tanzania, Togo,Uganda,Zambia,and Zimbabwe.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Pygmy Rock Mouse - Petromyscus collinus profile Photos Least Concern Africa
The pygmy rock mouse is found in Angola,Namibia,South Africa
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

White-tailed Mouse - Mystromys albicaudatus profile Photos Endangered Africa
The white-tailed mouse is found in Lesotho and South Africa.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes