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Holochilus sciureus (marsh rat)

Wikipedia Abstract

Amazonian marsh rat (Holochilus sciureus), also known as the common marsh rat, or simply the marsh rat, is a rodent species from South America.
View Wikipedia Record: Holochilus sciureus

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 1.87
EDGE Score: 1.05


Adult Weight [1]  130 grams
Diet [2]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Herbivore
Diet - Invertibrates [2]  10 %
Diet - Plants [2]  90 %
Forages - Ground [2]  100 %
Gestation [1]  29 days
Nocturnal [2]  Yes


Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Madidi National Park II 3194501 Bolivia  
Parque Nacional Canaima National Park II 7542183 Venezuela  

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Cerrado Brazil No
Tropical Andes Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela No

Prey / Diet

Chloris radiata (radiate fingergrass)[1]
Leptochloa scabra (rough sprangletop)[1]
Oryza sativa (rice)[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap


Buteogallus meridionalis (Savanna Hawk)[1]
Caiman crocodilus (Common caiman, Spectacled caiman)[1]
Elanus leucurus (White-tailed Kite)[1]
Sciaenops ocellatus (Spotted bass)[3]
Tyto alba (Barn Owl)[1]


Parasitized by 
Androlaelaps fahrenholzi[1]
Hoplopleura contigua[1]
Hoplopleura quadridentata[1]

Range Map


External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Holochilus sciureus, Guillermo R. Barreto and Shaenandhoa GarcÍa-Rangel, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 780, pp. 1-5 (2005)
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
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License