Definitions

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  • proper noun A taxonomic family, within suborder Sciurognathi (or within superfamily Muroidea) — the mice, rats, gerbils, etc.

Etymologies

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Latin mus, mouse

Examples

  • Most of these species are bats (thirty-six) in four families (Pteropodidae, Emballonuridae, Rhinolophidae, Vespertilionidae), followed by rodent species (Muridae).

    New Britain-New Ireland montane rain forests

  • Family Species Sorcidae Crocidura tenuis* Pteropodidae Pteropus chrysoproctus Rhinolophidae Rhinolophus canuti Muridae Papagomys armandvillei* Muridae Rattus timorensis* An asterisk signifies that the species 'range is limited to this ecoregion.

    Timor and Wetar deciduous forests

  • Family Species Cercopithecidae Semnopithecus vetulus Viverridae Paradoxurus zeylonensis Muridae Mus fernandoni Muridae Vandeleuria nolthenii An asterisk signifies that the species 'range is limited to this ecoregion.

    Sri Lanka dry-zone dry evergreen forests

  • All but one of these species belongs to the mouse and rat family, Muridae, which has undergone extensive adaptive radiation on Luzon.

    Luzon tropical pine forests

  • Introduced species, however, include mouse Mus musculus and rats Muridae, goat Capra hircus and, formerly, pig Sus domestica.

    Lord Howe Island Group, Australia

  • Most of these species are bats (twenty-four) in four families (Pteropodidae, Molossidae, Rhinolophidae, and Vespertilionidae), followed by rodent species (Muridae).

    Trobriand Islands rain forests

  • Family Species Sorcidae Crocidura nicobarica* Tupaiidae Tupaia nicobarica* Pteropodidae Pteropus faunulus* Muridae Rattus palmarum** An asterisk signifies that the species 'range is limited to this ecoregioThe isolation of the Nicobars has given rise to a number of endemic plant and animal species.

    Nicobar Islands rain forests

  • Most of these species are bats (eighteen) in three families (Pteropodidae, Rhinolophidae, and Vespertilionidae), followed by rodent species (Muridae).

    Louisiade Archipelago rain forests

  • A number of mammalian species have been introduced, including rats Muridae, stoat Mustela erminea, fallow deer Cervus dama, wapiti (red deer) Cervus elaphus, Himalayan thar Hemitragus jemlahicus, goat Capra sp., chamois Rupicapra rupicapra, pigs Sus sp. and possum Trichosurus vulpecula, with severe ecological impacts discussed below.

    Te Wahipounamu (South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area), New Zealand

  • Most of these species are bats (thirty-six) in four families (Pteropodidae, Emballonuridae, Rhinolophidae, and Vespertilionidae), followed by rodent species (Muridae).

    New Britain-New Ireland lowland rain forests

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