Angolan brush-furred rat

Angolan brush-furred rat

Angolan brush-furred rat

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Lophuromys angolensis

The Angolan brush-furred rat (Lophuromys angolensis ) is a species of brush-furred mouse found in Angola and the southwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Appearance

The species has a dark color coat with stiff textured fur. Its overall body built is a stubby body with short legs, however it is slightly more slender and long than L. sikapusi. The tail length of L. angolensis is on average 75mm, 6mm longer than L. sikapusi. Between the male and females, there is very little sexual dimorphism. L. angolensis has an average weight of 80% of L. sikapusi, which weighs on average from 45 to 90 grams.

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L. angolensis can be distinguished from L. sikapusi by its more slender and shorter rostrum, its somewhat narrower braincase, and its more slender and somewhat shorter upper and lower dental arches. L. angolensis is somewhat smaller than L. sikapusi and L. ansorgei in all craniometrical measures except for its smallest interorbital breadth, its greatest breadth of choanae, and its depth of upper incisor, in which it equals the size of L. sikapusi and L. ansorgei.

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References

1. Angolan brush-furred rat Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angolan_brush-furred_rat
2. Angolan brush-furred rat on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/12356/115104961

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