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Platacanthomyidae - Malabar spiny dormouse

Malabar Spiny DormouseThere are two species in this family. They are found in China, Vietnam, and India.

They have mouse-like bodies; long, furry tails with stiff hairs at the end; and round ears. They are found in tropical and subtropical forests.

The Malabar spiny dormouse is found in old growth rainforests in southwestern India. It is nine inches in length. Four of those inches is its tail! It has soft brownish-gray fur and long pointed ears, It is nocturnal and spends most of its time in the trees. It lives in small family groups in tree cavities. It eats fruits and nuts.

The Chinese pygmy dormouse is found in China and Vietnam. It is also known as the sort-furred tree mouse. Its body is 2.5-3.5 inches in length and its tail is 4-5 inches long. It is dark gray on its uppersides and light gray on its undersides. Its long tail gray tail has a brushy white tip.

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 US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

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Malabar Spiny Tree Mouse - Platacanthomys lasiurus Vulnerable Asia

  Chinese Pygmy Dormouse - Typhlomys cinereus Least Concern Asia

Additional Information

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Malabar Spiny Tree Mouse - Platacanthomys lasiurus profile Photos Vulnerable Asia
The Malabar spiny tree mouse is found in rocky forested areas in the mountains of the Western Ghats in India.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Chinese Pygmy Dormouse - Typhlomys cinereus profile Least Concern Asia
The Chinese pygmy dormouse is also known as the Chapa pygmy dormouse.
Source: EDGE Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No