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Rhabdomys pumilio  (Sparrman, 1784)
Taxonomic Serial No.: 585562

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Species  
  Synonym(s): Mus donavani Lesson, 1827
    Mus lineatus F. Cuvier, 1829
    Mus septemvittatus Schinz, 1845
    Mus vittatus Wagner, 1842
    Isomys pumilio bechuanae Thomas, 1893
    Arvicanthis pumilio cinereus Thomas and Schwann, 1904
    Arvicanthis pumilio deserti Dollman, 1910
    Rhabdomys pumilio fouriei Roberts, 1946
    Arvicanthis pumilio griquae Wroughton, 1905
    Arvicanthis pumilio intermedius Wroughton, 1905
    Mus pumilio major Brants, 1827
    Arvicanthis pumilio meridionalis Wroughton, 1905
    Rhabdomys pumilio namaquensis Roberts, 1946
    Rhabdomys pumilio namibensis Roberts, 1926
    Rhabdomys pumilio orangiae Roberts, 1946
    Rhabdomys pumilio prieskae Roberts, 1946
  Common Name(s): Xeric Four-striped Grass Rat [English]
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                      ClassMammalia Linnaeus, 1758 – mammifères, mamífero, mammals  
                         SubclassTheria Parker and Haswell, 1897  
                            InfraclassEutheria Gill, 1872  
                               OrderRodentia Bowdich, 1821 – esquilo, preá, rato, roedor, rongeurs, rodents  
                                  SuborderMyomorpha Brandt, 1855 – Rats, souris, Mice, Rats, Voles, Gerbils, Hamsters, Lemmings  
                                     SuperfamilyMuroidea Illiger, 1811  
                                        FamilyMuridae Illiger, 1811 – campagnols, rats, souris, mice, rats, voles  
                                           SubfamilyMurinae Illiger, 1811 – Old World rats, Old World mice  
                                              GenusRhabdomys Thomas, 1916  
                                                 SpeciesRhabdomys pumilio (Sparrman, 1784) – Xeric Four-striped Grass Rat  

  Expert: Guy G. Musser  
  Notes: Department of Mammology, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY 10024   
  Reference for: Rhabdomys pumilio    
  Expert: Michael D. Carleton  
  Notes: Department of Mammals, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC 20560   
  Reference for: Rhabdomys pumilio    
  Other Source(s):    
  Reference for:    
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Graaff, G. de  
  Publication Date: 1981   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: The Rodents of Southern Africa   
  Page(s): 267   
  Publisher: Butterworth & Co.   
  Publication Place:    
  ISBN/ISSN: 0-409-09829-9   
  Reference for: Rhabdomys pumilio   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Musser, Guy G., and Michael D. Carleton / Wilson, Don E., and DeeAnn M. Reeder, eds.  
  Publication Date: 2005   
  Article/Chapter Title: Superfamily Muroidea   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 3rd ed., vol. 2   
  Page(s): 894-1531   
  Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press   
  Publication Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0-8018-8221-4   
  Reference for: Rhabdomys pumilio, Xeric Four-striped Grass Rat [English]   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Wilson, Don E., and DeeAnn M. Reeder, eds.  
  Publication Date: 1993   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 2nd ed., 3rd printing   
  Page(s): xviii + 1207   
  Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press   
  Publication Place: Washington, DC, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 1-56098-217-9   
  Notes: Corrections were made to text at 3rd printing   
  Reference for: Rhabdomys pumilio   

 Geographic Information
  Geographic Division: Africa  



  Comment: Status: IUCN - Data Deficient  
    Comments: As defined by Rambau et al. (2003), P. pumilio is endemic to the Southern African Subregion. Rambau et al. did not sample populations from Angola or Botswana, but we regard Hill and Carter's (1941:102) record of 'R. bechuanae' from the Namib desert in southwestern Angola as an extension of P. pumilio through Namibia (see accounts above). Most of Botswana is covered by arid savanna, and records of Rhabdomys from there (see de Graaff, 1997e; Smithers, 1971) are likely P. pumilio and not P. di...  



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