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Saxatilomys is a genus of Muridae rodent native to central Laos. It was first discovered in the Khammouan Limestone National Biodiversity Conservation Area in Khammouan Province. The name is derived from the Latin saxatilis, meaning "among the rocks" and the Greek mys meaning mouse or rat.

Appearance



The genus is similar, and likely closely related, to the Niviventer and Chiromyscus genera. Saxatilomys is distinguished from these and other Indomalayan genera by "semispinous dark gray upperparts, dark frosted gray underparts, large, extremely bulbous footpads, and a combination of derived and primitive cranial and dental traits".

Habitat



Saxatilomys is thought to be petricolous and has only been observed in forested, rocky Limestone habitats.

References


Saxatilomys

External links



  • "Saxatilomys paulinae". IUCN Red List. 

Data related to Saxatilomys at Wikispecies


Saxatilomys

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