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Kingdom  Animalia
Subfamily  Murinae
Phylum  Chordata
Rank  Genus
Family  Muridae
Scientific name  Mastomys
Higher classification  Murinae
Order  Rodent
Mastomys Natal multimammate mouse Wikipedia
Lower classifications  Natal multimammate mouse, Southern multimammate mouse, Guinea multimammate mouse, Hubert's multimammate mouse, Awash multimammate mouse

Praomys mastomys short view on their life

Mastomys is a genus of rodent in the family Muridae endemic to Africa. It contains these species:


  • Awash multimammate mouse or Awash mastomys (M. awashensis)
  • Southern multimammate mouse (M. coucha)
  • Guinea multimammate mouse (M. erythroleucus)
  • Hubert's multimammate mouse (M. huberti)
  • Verheyen's multimammate mouse (M. kollmannspergeri)
  • Natal multimammate mouse (M. natalensis)
  • Dwarf multimammate mouse (M. pernanus)
  • Shortridge's multimammate mouse (M. shortridgei)

  • Mastomys Mastomys natalensis African softfurred rat Praomys natalensis

    The multimammate mice (also called multimammate rats, African soft-furred rats or natal-rats) are found in most parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. Their head-body length is between 10 and 17 cm, their tail length is between 8 and 15 cm and their weight varies between 20 and 80 grams, depending on the species. Domesticated Multimammate mice are heavier on average, weighting as much as 100 Grams. They are omnivorous and live up to four years. A female can have as many as 12 litters a year.

    Mastomys Natal Multimammate Mouse Mastomys natalensis iNaturalistorg

    Systematically they were long placed in the genus Rattus (referred to as Rattus natalensis). Later they were placed in the genus Mus (referred to as Mus natalensis) and then they were placed in the genus Praomys. Today molecular research has discovered that they are a genus of their own (Mastomys) and that they are closely related to Praomys. They are more closely related to Mus than to Rattus. All the domesticated multimammate mice are hybrids between the natal multimammate mouse (Mastomys natalensis) and the Southern multimammate mouse (Mastomys coucha).

    Mastomys Image Mastomys coucha Southern Multimammate Mouse BioLibcz

    Mastomys natalensis trying to climb

    Mastomys httpsuploadwikimediaorgwikipediacommonsthu
    Mastomys Mastomys Thomas 1915 Checklist View
    Mastomys Mastomys natalensis African softfurred rat Praomys natalensis


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