Malagasy giant rat

Malagasy giant rat

Kingdom
Phylum
Subphylum
Class
Order
Family
Genus
SPECIES
Hypogeomys antimena
WEIGHT
1000-1500 g
LENGTH
300-350 mm

The Malagasy giant rat, also known as the votsotsa or votsovotsa, is a nesomyid rodent found only in the Menabe region of Madagascar. It is an endangered species due to habitat loss, slow reproduction, and limited range Pairs are monogamous and females bear only one or two young per year. It is the only extant species in the genus Hypogeomys; another species, Hypogeomys australis, is known from subfossil remains a few thousand years old.

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No

Nocturnal

Fr

Frugivore

He

Herbivore

Fo

Fossorial

Is

Island endemic

Ju

Jumping

Te

Terrestrial

Te

Territorial

Vi

Viviparous

Bu

Burrowing

Mo

Monogamy

So

Social

No

Not a migrant

M

starts with

Distribution

Geography

Continents
Countries
Biogeographical realms

Malagasy giant rat habitat map

Biome

Climate zones

Diet and Nutrition

Mating Habits

MATING BEHAVIOR
PREGNANCY DURATION
102 to 138 days
BABY CARRYING
1 to 2
INDEPENDENT AGE
12 to 24 months

References

1. Malagasy giant rat Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malagasy_giant_rat
2. Malagasy giant rat on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/10714/14166060

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