Resources

Books

George, Wilma. "Notes on the Ecology of Gundis." In The Biology of Histricomorph Rodents, edited by I. W. Rowlands and B. J. Weir. London: Academic Press, 1974.

George, Wilma. "Gundis." In The Encyclopedia of Mammals, edited by David Macdonald. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 2001.

Hartenberger, J. L. "The order Rodentia: Major Questions on Their Revolutionary Origin, Relationships and Superfamilial Systematics." In Evolutionary Relationships Among Rodents: A Multidisciplinary Analysis, edited by W. P. Luckett and J. L. Hartenberger. New York: Plenum Press, 1985.

Meester, J., and H. W. Setzer. The Mammals of Africa: An Identification Manual. Washington, DC, Smithsonian Institute Press, 1977.

Nowak, Ronald M. Walker's Mammals of the World. Vol. 2, 6th ed. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

Rosevear, D. R. The Rodents of West Africa. London: The British Museum (Natural History), 1969.

Periodicals

Beintema, J. J., K. Rodewald., G. Braunitzer, J. Czelusniak, and M. Goodman. "Studies on the Phylogenetic Position of the Ctenodactylidae (Rodentia)." Molecular Biology and Evolution 8 (1991): 151-154.

George, W. "Reproduction in Female Gundis (Rodentia: Ctenodactylidae)." Journal of Zoology 185 (1978): 57-71.

Graur, D., A. Zharkikh, W. Hide, and W-H. Li. "The

Biochemical Phylogeny of Guinea Pigs and Gundis, and the Paraphyly of the Order Rodentia." Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 101 (1992): 495-498.

Wood, A. E. "The Evolution of the Rodent Family

Ctenodactylidae." Journal of the Paleontological Society of India 20 (1977): 120-137.

Barry Taylor, PhD

Class Mammalia Order Rodentia Suborder Sciurognathi Family Myoxidae

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Variable in size; thick fur on body and bushy tail (except for Myomimus), large eyes, short, curved claws

Size

Body 2.4-7.5 in (6.1-19 cm); tail 1.6-6.5 in (4-16.5 cm); weight 0.5-7 oz (15-200 g).

Number of genera, species

8 genera; 26 species

Habitat

Woodland and forest, steppe and rocky areas. Conservation status

Critically Endangered: 1 species; Endangered: 4 species; Vulnerable: 5 species; Lower Risk/Near Threatened: 5 species.

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