Rabbit rat

Rabbit rat
Rabbit rats
Temporal range: Early Pleistocene - Recent
Conilurus albipes
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Subfamily: Murinae
Genus: Conilurus
Ogilby, 1838

Conilurus albipes
Conilurus capricornensis
Conilurus penicillatus

The rabbit rats, genus Conilurus represent an unusual genus of Old World rats from Australia, New Guinea, and Melville Island.

Head and body are 16.5–20 cm. Tail length is 18-21.5 cm. The tail is haired and has a distinct tuft at the end. These nocturnal animals are found in habitats ranging from coastal areas, swamps, plains, and forests. They have been reported along the edge of oceanic surf, presumably feeding.

Young have been found to cling to one of the mother's four nipples while she forages. Gestation is 33–35 days.


Genus Conilurus - rabbit rats


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