Chisel-toothed kangaroo rat Article

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Chisel-toothed kangaroo rat
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Heteromyidae
Genus: Dipodomys
D. microps
Binomial name
Dipodomys microps
( Merriam, 1904)

The chisel-toothed kangaroo rat (Dipodomys microps) is a species of rodent in the family Heteromyidae. [2]

It is endemic to the United States (found in Nevada, Utah, California, Oregon, and parts of Arizona and Idaho). [3] Their tail is 6.5 inches(136 mm) long, over two inches longer than the rest of their body, which is usually 4.25 inches. [4] There are 13 sub-species. [5] Saltbush leaves are a major dietary component, requiring specialized physiology to eliminate the salt while retaining water. [6] Their usual habitat is desert shrub. [7]


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  2. ^ Patton, J.L. (2005). "Family Heteromyidae". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 846–847. ISBN  978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC  62265494.
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