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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Theria
Infraclassis: Placentalia
Ordo: Rodentia
Subordo: Myomorpha
Superfamilia: Muroidea
Familia: Muridae
Subfamilia: Gerbillinae
Genus: Tatera
Species: T. indica

The Indian gerbil (Tatera indica) also known as "antelope rat", is a species of rodent in the family Muridae.

It is found in southern Asia from Syria to Bangladesh.[1]

It is the only species in the genus Tatera. Members of the genus Gerbilliscus have historically been placed in Tatera.


Head and body length is 17–20 cm. Tail is 20–21 cm. Dorsal surface including entire head is light brown or light brown with rusty wash. Underparts are white. Tail fully furred, dark blackish brown with grayish sides and prominent black tuft on tip. Fur on body soft, sparse underneath; tail fur is longer. Eyes are large and prominent. Bounding gait is distinguished when running.[2]

Both the sexes of this species lives apart. The relation between male and female gerbils is not known yet.[3]


Omnivorous. Known to eat grains, seeds, plants, roots, insects, reptiles and even small birds and mammals it can catch up.[2]

Yapa, A.; Ratnavira, G. (2013). Mammals of Sri Lanka. Colombo: Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka. p. 1012. ISBN 978-955-8576-32-8.

Stephanie Mott. "ADW: Tatera indica: INFORMATION". Animal Diversity Web. Retrieved 30 May 2015.

Musser, G.G.; Carleton, M.D. (2005). "Superfamily Muroidea". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 1242. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
B. Kryštufek; G. Shenbrot; M. Sozen & S. Molur (2008). "Tatera indica". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2008. Retrieved June 10, 2012.

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