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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


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


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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