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Macrotarsomys ingens (greater big-footed mouse)

Wikipedia Abstract

The greater big-footed mouse or long-tailed big-footed mouse (Macrotarsomys ingens) is a nocturnal rodent found only in north west Madagascar. It was first described by F. Petter in 1959. It is listed as an endangered species as a result of habitat loss.
View Wikipedia Record: Macrotarsomys ingens

Endangered Species

Status: Endangered
View IUCN Record: Macrotarsomys ingens

EDGE Analysis

A medium-sized mouse with large ears, long hind feet and an extremely long tail. Little is known about the ecology of this species. It is thought to be nocturnal, living in underground burrows during the day and searching for food up in the trees at night. The species is known from a single locality, and is likely to be declining as a result of habitat degradation. Its forest habitat suffered from frequent fires during the dry season, and cattle are encroaching onto the reserve in which it lives.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 15.56
EDGE Score: 4.89
View EDGE Record: Macrotarsomys ingens


Adult Weight [1]  55 grams
Diet [2]  Frugivore, Granivore, Herbivore
Diet - Fruit [2]  40 %
Diet - Plants [2]  40 %
Diet - Seeds [2]  20 %
Forages - Ground [2]  100 %
Nocturnal [2]  Yes


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Madagascar dry deciduous forests Madagascar Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
La Réserve Naturelle Intégrale d' Ankarafantsika National Park II 335701 Madagascar  

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites

Name  Location   Map   Climate   Land Use 
Ankarafantsika and surrounds Madagascar

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles Yes

Range Map



External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Felisa A. Smith, S. Kathleen Lyons, S. K. Morgan Ernest, Kate E. Jones, Dawn M. Kaufman, Tamar Dayan, Pablo A. Marquet, James H. Brown, and John P. Haskell. 2003. Body mass of late Quaternary mammals. Ecology 84:3403
2Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
AZE sites provided by Alliance for Zero Extinction (2010). 2010 AZE Update.
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