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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Cladus: Synapsida
Cladus: Eupelycosauria
Cladus: Sphenacodontia
Cladus: Sphenacodontoidea
Cladus: Theriodontia
Subordo: Cynodontia
Cladus: Mammaliaformes
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Trechnotheria
Infraclassis: Zatheria
Supercohort: Theria
Cohort: Eutheria
Cohort: Placentalia
Cladus: Boreoeutheria
Superordo: Euarchontoglires
Ordo: Rodentia
Subordo: Myomorpha
Superfamilia: Muroidea

Familia: Muridae
Subfamilia: Murinae
Genus: Lemniscomys
Species: L. barbarus – L. bellieri – L. griselda – L. hoogstraali – L. linulus – L. macculus – L. mittendorfi – L. rosalia – L. roseveari – L. striatus – L. zebra

Lemniscomys Trouessart, 1881

Type species: Mus barbarus Linnaeus, 1766

Lemniscomys in Mammal Species of the World.
Wilson, Don E. & Reeder, DeeAnn M. (Editors) 2005. Mammal Species of the World – A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. Third edition. ISBN 0-8018-8221-4.

Vernacular names
español: Ratones listados

Lemniscomys, sometimes known as striped grass mice or zebra mice, is a genus of murine rodents from Africa. Most species are from Sub-Saharan Africa; L. barbarus is the only found north of the Sahara.[1] They are generally found in grassy habitats, but where several species overlap in distribution there is a level of habitat differentiation between them.[1]

They are 18.5–29 cm (7.3–11.4 in) long, of which about half is tail, and weigh 18–70 g (0.63–2.47 oz).[1] The pelage pattern of the species fall into three main groups: The "true" zebra mice with distinct dark and pale stripes (L. barbarus, L. hoogstraali and L. zebra), the spotted grass mice with more spotty/interrupted stripes (L. bellieri, L. macculus, L. mittendorfi and L. striatus), and the single-striped grass mice with only a single dark stripe along the back (L. griselda, L. linulus, L. rosalia and L. roseveari).[2][3]

They are generally considered diurnal, but at least some species can be active during the night.[3] They feed on plants, but sometimes take insects.[1] There are up to 12 young per litter, but 4–5 is more common.[3] The average life expectancy is very short, in the wild often only a year, but a captive L. striatus lived for almost 5 years.[3] A more typical captive life expectancy is 2–2½ years.[4]

While most are common and not threatened, L. mittendorfi is restricted to Mount Oku and considered Vulnerable by the IUCN.[5] L. hoogstraali and L. roseveari are both very poorly known, leading to their rating as Data Deficient.[6][7] Some of the widespread species are regularly kept in captivity, especially L. barbarus, L. striatus and L. zebra.[4]

The etymology of the genus name Lemniscomys derives from the two ancient greek words λημνίσκος (lēmnískos), meaning "stripe, ribbon", and μῦς (mûs), meaning "mouse, rat",[8][9] and refers to the pelage pattern.

Lemniscomys currently includes 11 species.[10] Until 1997, L. zebra was generally treated as a subspecies of L. barbarus.[2] It is possible L. striatus and L. zebra, as presently defined, actually are species complexes.[11][12]

Lemniscomys barbarus (Linnaeus, 1766) — Barbary striped grass mouse
Lemniscomys bellieri Van der Straeten, 1975 — Bellier's striped grass mouse
Lemniscomys griselda (Thomas, 1904) — Griselda's striped grass mouse
Lemniscomys hoogstraali Dieterlen, 1991 — Hoogstraal's striped grass mouse
Lemniscomys linulus (Thomas, 1910) — Senegal one-striped grass mouse
Lemniscomys macculus (Thomas and Wroughton, 1910) — Buffoon striped grass mouse
Lemniscomys mittendorfi Eisentraut, 1968 — Mittendorf's striped grass mouse
Lemniscomys rosalia (Thomas, 1904) — single-striped grass mouse
Lemniscomys roseveari Van der Straeten, 1980 — Rosevear's striped grass mouse
Lemniscomys striatus (Linnaeus, 1758) — typical striped grass mouse
Lemniscomys zebra (Heuglin, 1864) — Heuglin's striped grass mouse


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