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The Zoochat Photographic Guide to Rodents: part two

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  1. Chlidonias

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    This thread is a continuation of The Zoochat Photographic Guide to Rodents: part one


    There are approximately 2400 species in the Order Rodentia, divided between five Suborders. The first four Suborders - Sciuromorpha, Anomaluromorpha, Castorimorpha, and Hystricomorpha - were covered in the previous thread. The final Suborder, the subject of this thread, is Myomorpha which contains about 1680 species.


    Part one:
    Suborder Sciuromorpha (c.320 spp)
    Suborder Anomaluromorpha (9 spp)
    Suborder Castorimorpha (c.100 spp)
    Suborder Hystricomorpha (c.300 spp)

    Part two:
    Suborder Myomorpha (c.1680 spp)


    There was a fairly good representation of photographs for part one - over half the genera and about a quarter of the individual species were represented by photographs - but part two is much less favourable as it is largely composed of rats and mice which are rarely kept in zoos and rarely photographed in the wild.


    For the most part I will probably forego the inclusion of subspecies due to the sheer number of species and the taxonomic complexities. For those species which are represented by photographs I will endeavour to sort out the subspecies, but for the un-depicted species I will mostly leave them as simple lists.
     
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    The presentation of Families as they appear in these two threads are as follows.


    Suborder SCIUROMORPHA (c.320 spp)
    Family Aplodontiidae - Sewellel or Mountain Beaver (1 sp)
    Family Sciuridae - Squirrels (c.290 spp)
    Family Gliridae - Dormice (c.30 spp)


    Suborder ANOMALUROMORPHA (9 spp)
    Family Anomaluridae - Anomalures or Scaly-tailed Squirrels (7 spp)
    Family Pedetidae - Springhares (2 spp)


    Suborder CASTORIMORPHA (c.100 spp)
    Family Castoridae - Beavers (2 spp)
    Family Geomyidae - Pocket Gophers (c.35-40 spp)
    Family Heteromyidae - Kangaroo Rats and Kangaroo Mice (c.60 spp)


    Suborder HYSTRICOMORPHA (c.300 spp)
    Family Diatomyidae / Laonastidae - Laotian Rock Rat (1 sp)
    Family Ctenodactylidae - Gundis (5 spp)
    Family Bathyergidae - Blesmols (c.25 spp)
    Family Hystricidae - Old World Porcupines (11 spp)
    Family Petromuridae - Dassie Rat (1 sp)
    Family Thryonomyidae - Cane Rats (2 spp)
    Family Erethizontidae - New World Porcupines (c.17 spp)
    Family Chinchillidae - Chinchillas and Viscachas (7 spp)
    Family Dinomyidae - Pacarana (1 sp)
    Family Caviidae - Cavies (c.20 spp)
    Family Dasyproctidae - Agoutis (c.13 spp)
    Family Cuniculidae - Pacas (3 spp)
    Family Ctenomyidae - Tuco-tucos (c.65 spp)
    Family Octodontidae - Octodonts (14 spp)
    Family Abrocomidae - Chinchilla Rats (c.10 spp)
    Family Echimyidae - Spiny Rats (c.90 spp)
    Family Myocastoridae - Coypu (1 sp)
    Family Capromyidae - Hutias (c.13 spp)


    Suborder MYOMORPHA (c.1680 spp)
    Family Dipodidae - Jumping Mice and Jerboas (c.50 spp)
    Family Platacanthomyidae - Spiny Dormice (3 spp)
    Family Spalacidae - Mole-Rats and Bamboo Rats (c.30-40 spp)
    Family Calomyscidae - Mouse-like Hamsters (8 spp)
    Family Nesomyidae - Madagascan and African Rats and Mice (c.65-70 spp)
    Family Cricetidae - Voles, Hamsters, New World Rats and Mice (c.700 spp)
    Family Muridae - Old World or "True" Mice and Rats, Gerbils, and Spiny Mice (c.810 spp)
     
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    Suborder MYOMORPHA


    There are seven Families within this Suborder, containing about 1680 species in total. Of those, only 143 species in 73 genera are depicted in the thread.


    Dipodidae (Jumping Mice and Jerboas)
    About 50 species in 16 genera, of which 12 species from 7 genera are depicted here.


    Platacanthomyidae (Spiny Dormice)
    Three species in two genera, of which one species is depicted here.


    Spalacidae
    (Mole-Rats and Bamboo Rats)
    About 30 to 40 species in six genera, of which only five species from four genera are depicted here.


    Calomyscidae (Mouse-like Hamsters)
    Eight species in one genus, of which one species is depicted here.


    Nesomyidae (Madagascan and African Rats and Mice)
    About 65 to 70 species in 21 genera, of which only six species from five genera are depicted here.


    Cricetidae (Voles, Hamsters, New World Rats and Mice)
    About 700 species in about 140 genera, of which only 36 species from 18 genera are depicted here.


    Muridae (Old World or "True" Mice and Rats, Gerbils, and Spiny Mice).
    About 810 species in about 160 genera, of which 82 species from 37 genera are depicted here.
     
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    DIPODIDAE
    Jumping Mice and Jerboas

    About fifty species in sixteen genera, of which twelve species from seven genera are represented in the Zoochat galleries.


    The family is most commonly divided into six subfamilies, although it may also be split into two separate families: Zapodidae, with the two subfamilies Sicistinae (birch mice) and Zapodinae (jumping mice); and Dipodidae with the remaining four subfamilies (jerboas).


    Sicistinae (birch mice) - about thirteen species in the single genus Sicista.
    Only one species is depicted here.

    Zapodinae (jumping mice) - five species in three genera (Eozapus, Napaeozapus, Zapus).
    None of the species are depicted here.

    Allactaginae (four-toed and five-toed jerboas) - about sixteen species in three genera (Allactaga, Allactodipus, Pygeretmus).
    There are five species depicted here, all from the genus Allactaga.

    Cardiocraniinae (pigmy jerboas) - about seven species in two genera (Cardiocanius, Salpingotus).
    There are two species depicted here, both from the genus Salpingotus.

    Dipodinae (three-toed jerboas) - about nine species in five genera (Dipus, Eremodipus, Jaculus, Stylodipus, Paradipus).
    There are four species depicted here, from three genera: Dipus, Jaculus and Stylodipus.

    Euchoreutinae (Long-eared Jerboa) - one species, in the genus Euchoreutes
    The single species is depicted here.


    The accounts will follow the order of genera as given above (alpabetically within subfamily).
     
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    Sicistinae (birch mice)
    About thirteen species in the single genus Sicista.

    Only one species is represented in the Zoochat galleries.


    Northern Birch Mouse Sicista betulina
    Monotypic. Subspecies which may be included (now generally considered synonyms) include montana, norvegica, taigica, tatricus. The species Sicista strandi was formerly included within S. betulina.

    Both photos by @Giant Eland at Moscow Zoo (Russia)

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    (Sicista betulina) Northern birch mouse - ZooChat

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    (Sicista betulina) Northern birch mouse - ZooChat


    The remaining species in the genus are as follows (various of these may be combined or even further split by various authors):

    Armenian Birch Mouse Sicista armenica
    Caucasian Birch Mouse Sicista caucasica
    Long-tailed Birch Mouse Sicista caudata
    Chinese Birch Mouse Sicista concolor
    Kazbeg Birch Mouse Sicista kazbegica
    Kluchor Birch Mouse Sicista kluchorica
    Altai Birch Mouse Sicista napaea
    Grey Birch Mouse Sicista pseudonapaea
    Severtzov's Birch Mouse Sicista severtzovi
    Strand's Birch Mouse Sicista strandi
    Southern Birch Mouse Sicista subtilis
    Tien Shan Birch Mouse Sicista tianshanica
     
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    Zapodinae (jumping mice)
    Five species in three genera (Eozapus, Napaeozapus, Zapus). Especially in earlier decades, the three genera have been combined under Zapus.

    None of the species are represented in the Zoochat galleries.


    Eozapus
    One species

    Chinese Jumping Mouse Eozapus setchuanus


    Napaeozapus
    One species

    Woodland Jumping Mouse Napaeozapus insignis


    Zapus
    Three species

    Meadow Jumping Mouse Zapus hudsonius

    Western Jumping Mouse Zapus princeps

    Pacific Jumping Mouse Zapus trinotatus
     
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    This will more-or-less be my plan for the Eulipotyphla guide too - especially given the fact it will doubtless have an even worse ratio of photos than this thread will!
     
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    Allactaginae (four-toed and five-toed jerboas)
    About sixteen species in three genera (Allactaga, Allactodipus, Pygeretmus).

    There are five species represented in the Zoochat galleries, all from the genus Allactaga.


    Allactaga
    Thirteen species, five of which are depicted here.


    Gobi Jerboa Allactaga bullata
    Monotypic

    Photo by @Deer Forest in the wild, China

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    Gobi jerboa - ZooChat


    Small Five-toed Jerboa Allactaga elater
    Up to eleven subspecies have been recognised: aralychensis, bactriana, caucasicus, dzungariae, elator, heptneri, indica, kizljaricus, strandi, turkmeni, zaisanicus. May be a species complex.

    Photo by @Maguari at Plzen Zoo (Czech Republic)

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    Small Five-toed Jerboa at Plzen, 25/05/10 - ZooChat


    Great Jerboa Allactaga major
    Monotypic?

    Photo by @Giant Eland at Moscow Zoo (Russia)

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    (Allactaga major) Great jerboa - ZooChat


    Mongolian Five-toed Jerboa Allactaga sibirica
    Seven to ten subspecies may be recognised: altorum, annulata, bulganensis, dementiewi, mongolica, ognevi, saltator, semideserta, sibirica, suschkini

    Photo by @Deer Forest at Beijing Zoo (China)

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    Mongolian five-toed jerboa (Allactaga sibirica) - ZooChat


    Four-toed Jerboa Allactaga tetradactyla
    Monotypic

    Photo by @LaughingDove at Plzen Zoo (Czech Republic)

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    Four-toed Jerboa - ZooChat


    The remaining species in this genus as are follows:

    Balikun Jerboa Allactaga balikunica
    Euphrates Jerboa Allactaga euphratica
    Iranian Jerboa Allactaga firouzi (probably conspecific with A. hotsoni)
    Hotson's Jerboa Allactaga hotsoni
    Severtzov's Jerboa Allactaga severtzovi
    Toussi Jerboa Allactaga toussi (probably should be included within A. elator)
    Vinogradov's Jerboa Allactaga vinogradovi
    Williams's Jerboa Allactaga williamsi


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    Allactodipus
    One species, not depicted here.

    Bobrinski's Jerboa Allactodipus bobrinskii


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    Pygeretmus
    Three species, none of which are depicted here.

    Lesser Fat-tailed Jerboa Pygeretmus platyurus
    Dwarf Fat-tailed Jerboa Pygeretmus pumilio
    Greater Fat-tailed Jerboa Pygeretmus shitkovi
     
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    Cardiocraniinae (pigmy jerboas)
    About seven species in two genera (Cardiocanius, Salpingotus).

    There are two species represented in the Zoochat galleries, both from the genus Salpingotus.



    Cardiocranius
    One species, not depicted here.

    Five-toed Pigmy Jerboa Cardiocranius paradoxus



    Salpingotus
    Six species, two of which are depicted here.


    Thick-tailed Pigmy Jerboa Salpingotus crassicauda
    Two subspecies may be recognised (crassicauda, gobicus) but otherwise treated as monotypic.

    Both photos by @Giant Eland at Moscow Zoo (Russia)

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    (Salpingotus crassicauda) thick-tailed pygmy jerboa - ZooChat

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    (Salpingotus crassicauda) thick-tailed pygmy jerboa - ZooChat


    Kozlov's Pigmy Jerboa Salpingotus kozlovi
    Two subspecies may be recognised (kozlovi, xiangi) but otherwise treated as monotypic.

    Photo by @Giant Eland at Moscow Zoo (Russia)

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    (Salpingotus kozlovi) Kozlov's pygmy jerboa - ZooChat


    The remaining four species in this genus are not represented in the Zoochat galleries:

    Heptner's Pigmy Jerboa Salpingotus heptneri
    Baluchistan Pigmy Jerboa Salpingotus michaelis (may be put in its own genus, Salpingotulus)
    Pale Pigmy Jerboa Salpingotus pallidus
    Thomas's Pigmy Jerboa Salpingotus thomasi (known only from the type specimen, and may be conspecific with S. michaelis)
     
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    Dipodinae (three-toed jerboas)
    About nine species in five genera (Dipus, Eremodipus, Jaculus, Paradipus, Stylodipus).

    There are four species represented in the Zoochat galleries, from the genera Dipus, Jaculus and Stylodipus.



    Dipus
    One or two species (or more)


    Northern Three-toed or Hairy-footed Jerboa Dipus sagitta
    IUCN says "Eight subspecies are recognized; however there is a clear geographical cline in size and colouration from north to south."
    Recent papers suggest that the genus Dipus contains at least two species, D. sagitta and D. deasyi.

    Photo by @Deer Forest at Beijing Zoo (China)

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    Northern three-toed jerboa (Dipus sagitta) - ZooChat


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    Eremodipus
    One species, not depicted here.


    Lichtenstein's Jerboa Eremodipus lichtensteini


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    Jaculus
    Three species, two of which are depicted here.


    Lesser Egyptian Jerboa Jaculus jaculus
    Up to nineteen subspecies have been described, although there seems little agreement on treatment. At the extreme end the species is treated as being monotypic (as in Kingdon's Mammals of Africa). Some forms (e.g. deserti and schlueteri) have been considered full species.

    Photo by @ThylacineAlive at Bronx Zoo (USA)

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    Lesser Egyptian Jerboa - ZooChat


    Greater Egyptian Jerboa Jaculus orientalis
    Monotypic

    Photo by @vogelcommando

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    Greater Egyptian Jerboas - ZooChat


    The third species, not pictured here, is the Blanford's Jerboa Jaculus blanfordi.


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    Paradipus
    One species, not depicted here.


    Comb-toed Jerboa Paradipus ctenodactylus


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    Stylodipus
    Three species, one of which is depicted here.


    Thick-tailed Three-toed Jerboa Stylodipus telum
    Treated as monotypic by some authors, but otherwise includes the subspecies amankaragai, falzfeini, karelini, telum, turovi. Formerly treated as a subspecies was Stylodipus andrewsi.

    Photo by @Chlidonias at the Melbourne Museum (Australia) (taxidermy specimen)

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    Tragic Taxidermy 11 - ZooChat


    The other two species, not pictured here:

    Andrews's Three-toed Jerboa Stylodipus andrewsi
    Mongolian Three-toed Jerboa Stylodipus sungorus
     
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    Fixed that for you :D
     
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    PLATACANTHOMYIDAE
    Spiny Dormice

    Three species in two genera, of which one species is represented in the Zoochat galleries.

    Despite the common name and their general appearance, the Spiny Dormice are not related to the "true" dormice which are now placed in the Suborder Sciuromorpha alongside squirrels.


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    Platacanthomys
    One species


    Malabar Spiny Dormouse Platacanthomys lasiurus
    Monotypic


    This species is not depicted here.


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    Typhlomys
    Two species, one of which is depicted here.


    Vietnamese Pigmy Dormouse Typhlomys chapensis
    Possibly two subspecies: chapensis, guangxiensis

    Formerly this species was combined with the Chinese Pigmy Dormouse T. cinereus but genetic and morphological data show it to be distinct (e.g. see An enigmatic pygmy dormouse: molecular and morphological evidence for the species taxonomic status of Typhlomys chapensis (Rodentia: Platacanthomyidae)). The second subspecies listed above (guangxiensis) is most similar genetically to T. chapensis rather than T. cinereus.

    This species is not depicted here.



    Chinese Pigmy Dormouse Typhlomys cinereus
    Three subspecies: cinereus, daloushanensis, jingdongensis. The subspecies chapensis from north Vietnam has been split as a full species, and the subspecies guangxiensis probably belongs in that species.

    Photo by @Giant Eland at Moscow Zoo (Russia)

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    (Typhlomys cinereus) Chinese pygmy dormouse - ZooChat

    Photo by @alexkant at Moscow Zoo (Russia)
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    Chinese pygmy dormouse/ Typhlomys cinereus - ZooChat
     
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    SPALACIDAE
    Mole-Rats and Bamboo Rats

    About thirty to forty species in six genera, of which only five species from four genera are represented in the Zoochat galleries.


    This family of largely-fossorial rodents is divided into three or four subfamilies:

    Myospalacinae (zokors) - about nine species in two genera (Eospalax, Myospalax)
    None of the species are depicted here.

    Rhizomyinae (bamboo rats and African mole-rats) - between six and seventeen species in three genera (Cannomys, Rhizomys, Tachyoryctes). Some authors would split this into two subfamilies: Rhizomyinae for the bamboo rats, and Tachyoryctidae for the African mole-rats.
    There are four species depicted here, representing all three genera.

    Spalacinae (blind mole-rats) - about fifteen-plus species in the single genus Spalax (although Nannospalax may also be separated)
    There is only one species depicted here.


    The accounts will follow the order of genera as given above (alpabetically within subfamily).
     
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    Myospalacinae (zokors)
    About nine species in two genera (Eospalax, Myospalax). The two genera may be combined as Myospalax by some authors.

    None of the species are represented in the Zoochat galleries.


    Eospalax
    About six species

    Plateau Zokor Eospalax baileyi (otherwise treated as a subspecies of E. fontanierii)
    Gansu Zokor Eospalax cansus (otherwise treated as a subspecies of E. fontanierii)
    Chinese Zokor Eospalax fontanierii
    Rothschild's Zokor Eospalax rothschildi
    Reddish Zokor Eospalax rufescens
    Smith's Zokor Eospalax smithii


    Myospalax
    Three species

    False Zokor Myospalax aspalax
    Siberian Zokor Myospalax myospalax
    Transbaikal Zokor Myospalax psilurus
     
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    Rhizomyinae (bamboo rats and African mole-rats)
    Between six and seventeen species in three genera (Cannomys, Rhizomys, Tachyoryctes).

    There are only four species in the Zoochat galleries, but representing all three genera.

    The Subfamily is further divided into two Tribes, Rhizomyini for the Asian bamboo rats and Tachyoryctini for the African mole-rats. Some taxonomists would treat these as two Subfamilies rather than Tribes. Although both groups evolved in Asia, the latter is now found solely in Africa.


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    Cannomys
    One species


    Lesser Bamboo Rat Cannomys badius
    Probably monotypic although a number of subspecies have been used in the past, including castaneus, minor, pater, plumbescens.

    Photo by @Sun Wukong at Plzen Zoo (Czech Republic)

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    Pilsen Zoo 2011 - ZooChat


    Photo by @HOMIN96 at Jihlava Zoo (Czech Republic)

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    Lesser bamboo rat (Cannomys badius) - ZooChat


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    Rhizomys
    Three species, two of which are represented in the Zoohat galleries.


    Hoary Bamboo Rat Rhizomys pruinosus
    About five subspecies: latouchei, pannosus, pruinosus, senex, umbriceps

    Photo by @Deer Forest at Chengdu Zanhuayuan Zoo (China)
    (The animal on the left is not a typical colouration)

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    hoary bamboo rat (Rhizomys pruinosus) - ZooChat


    Chinese Bamboo Rat Rhizomys sinensis
    About seven subspecies: davidi, neowardi, pediculus, reductus, sinensis, vestitus, wardi

    There are a few photos in the Zoochat galleries labelled as being this species but they appear to actually show R. sumatrensis.
    See Chinese bamboo rat (Rhizomys sinensis)? Species ID? - ZooChat and Chinese Bamboo Rat (Rhizomys sinensis) - ZooChat.


    Large or Indomalayan Bamboo Rat Rhizomys sumatrensis
    Four subspecies: cinereus, insularis, padangensis, sumatrensis

    Photo by @Deer Forest at Chengdu Zanhuayuan Zoo (China) (subspecies cinereus)

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    large bamboo rat (Rhizomys sumatrensis) - ZooChat

    Photo by @GregOz at Melaka Zoo (Malaysia) (subspecies sumatrensis)
    (Despite the scientific name of this species, the type locality was actually Malacca [Melaka] in Peninsula Malaysia)

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    Bamboo Rat - Rhizomys sumatrensis - Melaka Zoo - 2009 - ZooChat

    Photo by @Chlidonias at Melaka Zoo (Malaysia)
    (The colouration does not seem to match that of the Malaysian subspecies, so it may be the Sumatran subspecies insularis for which the original description is "body silvery grey to yellowish", but it is probably more likely to just be individual variation)

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    Large bamboo rat (Rhizomys sumatrensis) - ZooChat
     
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    Tachyoryctes
    Somewhere between two and thirteen species, only one of which is represented in the Zoochat galleries.

    At its lowest limit the genus contains only two species, the Giant Mole-Rat T. macrocephalus and the East African Mole-Rat T. splendens. The opposite position is that T. splendens is a species-complex. Kingdon's Mammals of Africa presents just the two species, while the IUCN presents thirteen species.

    The only species depicted in the Zoochat galleries is the Giant Mole-Rat.


    Giant or Big-headed Mole-Rat Tachyoryctes macrocephalus
    Two subspecies: hecki, macrocephalus

    Photo by @Maguari in the wild, Ethiopia (subspecies hecki)

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    Ethiopian Giant Mole-Rat in Bale Mountains NP, 15/10/14 - ZooChat


    The remaining species in the genus - if T. splendens is split up - are below:

    Ankole Mole-Rat Tachyoryctes ankoliae
    Mianzini Mole-Rat Tachyoryctes annectens
    Aberdares Mole-Rat Tachyoryctes audax
    Demon Mole-Rat Tachyoryctes daemon
    Kenyan Mole-Rat Tachyoryctes ibeanus
    Navivasha Mole-Rat Tachyoryctes naivashae
    King Mole-Rat Tachyoryctes rex
    Rwanda Mole-Rat Tachyoryctes ruandae
    Rudd's Mole-Rat Tachyoryctes ruddi
    Embi Mole-Rat Tachyoryctes spalacinus
    Northeast African Mole-Rat Tachyoryctes splendens
    Storey's Mole-Rat Tachyoryctes storeyi
     
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    Spalacinae (blind mole-rats)
    About fifteen or more species in the single genus Spalax, although some small-bodied species may be separated as Nannospalax. Several of those listed below are probably species-complexes.

    There is only one species represented in the Zoochat galleries.


    Palestine or Middle East Mole-Rat Spalax ehrenbergi
    Subspecies ... um, I couldn't really sort these out, there are so many papers contradicting one another.
    May also be placed in the separate genus Nannospalax.

    Photo by @ralph at Pairi Daiza (Belgium)

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    Palestine Mole-rat - ZooChat


    The remaining species in the genus - although not to be taken as any kind of definite list - are below:

    Sandy Mole-Rat Spalax arenarius
    Mount Carmel Mole-Rat Spalax carmeli
    Upper Galilee Mountains Mole-Rat Spalax galili
    Giant Mole-Rat Spalax giganteus
    Golan Heights Mole-Rat Spalax golani
    Balkan Mole-Rat Spalax graecus
    Judean Mountains Mole-Rat Spalax judaei
    Lesser Mole-Rat Spalax leucodon (or Nannospalax)
    Greater Mole-Rat Spalax microphthalmus
    Munzur Mole-Rat Spalax munzuri
    Anatolian Mole-Rat Spalax nehringi (or Nannospalax)
    Kazakhstan Mole-Rat Spalax uralensis
    Podolsk Mole-Rat Spalax zemni
     
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  19. TeaLovingDave

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    Sadly no longer kept at Pairi Daiza - they were only present and onshow for about a year. Annoying, as I'm visiting in a little under a fortnight :p
     
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    CALOMYSCIDAE
    Mouse-like Hamsters

    Eight species in one genus, of which one species is represented in the Zoochat galleries.

    Formerly included amongst the hamsters (in Cricetidae) due to similarities in the teeth and general appearance, although unlike true hamsters they have a long tail (unfortunately not shown in the available Zoochat photos). All of the following species were previously combined as a single species, Calomyscus bailwardi.


    Great Balkhan Mouse-like Hamster Calomyscus mystax
    Monotypic

    Photo by @ro6ca66 at Cotswold Wildlife Park (UK)

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    Great Balkhan mouse-like hamster : Cotswold WP : 11 Mar 2016 - ZooChat


    Photo by @Maguari at Bristol Zoo (UK)

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    Great Balkan Mouse-like Hamster at Bristol 17/07/2004 - ZooChat


    The remaining species in this genus are as follows:

    Zagros Mouse-like Hamster Calomyscus bailwardi
    Baluchi Mouse-like Hamster Calomyscus baluchi
    Goodwin's Mouse-like Hamster Calomyscus elburzensis
    Noble Mouse-like Hamster Calomyscus grandis
    Hotson's Mouse-like Hamster Calomyscus hotsoni
    Tsolov's Mouse-like Hamster Calomyscus tsolovi
    Urar Mouse-like Hamster Calomyscus urartensis
     
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