Transandinomys bolivaris, also known as the long-whiskered rice rat, is
a rodent in the genus Transandinomys. It is found in humid forest from
northeastern Honduras to western Ecuador, up to 1800 m (5900 ft) above
sea level. Since it was first described in 1901 from Ecuador, six
scientific names have been introduced for it, but their common identity
was not documented until 1998 and the species had a number of names
until it was moved to the new genus Transandinomys in 2006. It is a
medium-sized rice rat and has very long vibrissae (whiskers)—those
above the eyes are up to 50 mm (2.0 in) long, making it
distinguishable from other similarly sized rice rats. The fur, which is
soft and dense, is usually dark brown above and light gray below; it is
darker in juveniles. The feet are long and the tail is about as long as
the head and body. The skull (pictured from above) is narrow and
relatively long, and has a broad interorbital region (between the eyes).
The species generally lives on the ground, but some young animals have
been taken in vegetation, up to 1.5 m (5 ft) above the ground.
Although it is rare, its conservation status is thought to be secure.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transandinomys_bolivaris>
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