The Malagasy mountain mouse (Monticolomys koopmani) is a small mouse-
like rodent of the family Nesomyidae. Found in the highlands of eastern
Madagascar (map pictured), it is dark brown on the upperparts and dark
gray below. It has small, rounded, densely haired ears and broad feet
with well-developed pads. The long tail lacks a tuft at the tip. The
skull is delicate and lacks crests and ridges on its roof. First
collected in 1929, the Malagasy mountain mouse was not formally
described until 1996, but it is now known to have a broad distribution.
Active during the night in trees and on the ground, the species occurs
in both montane forest and human-disturbed grasslands, and feeds on
fruits and seeds. Although habitat destruction may pose a threat, it is
classified as a species of least concern. Monticolomys means "mountain-
dwelling mouse", and koopmani honors Karl Koopman for his contributions
to mammalian systematics.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malagasy_mountain_mouse>
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