Significance to humans

Species within this very diverse group include human commensals, agricultural pests, food animals, research animals, and pets. More importantly, almost all of the species in these 13 subfamilies are important members of the ecosystems in which they live. Many small rodents in this group are among the most abundant small mammals in their communities, forming an important prey base for small and large predators. Many species are also important in nutrient cycling and seed dispersal. Finally, research on the incredible array of evolutionary trajectories and adaptations found in these subfamilies will continue to yield rich and valuable insights into evolutionary processes and patterns of animal diversity. Murid rodents are some of the primary animal models used in the analysis of human diseases and genetics, and a better understanding of murid evolution and ecology directly impacts society's ability to solve problems related to human health and well-being.

1. Mouse-like hamster (Calomyscus bailwardi); 2. White-tailed mouse (Mystromys albicaudatus); 3. Pygmy rock mouse (Petromyscus collinus); 4. Sundevall's jird (Meriones crassus); 5. Gray climbing mouse (Dendromus melanotis); 6. Malagasy giant rat (Hypogeomys antimena); 7. Gambian rat (Cricetomys gambianus). (Illustration by Brian Cressman)

1. Malabar spiny dormouse (Platacanthomys lasiurus); 2. Angoni vlei rat (Otomys angoniensis); 3. Crested rat (Lophiomys imhausi); 4. Siberian zokor (Myospalax myospalax); 5. Palestine mole rat (Nannospalax ehrenbergi); 6. Large bamboo rat (Rhizomys sumatrensis). (Illustration by Brian Cressman)

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