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Mastomys natalensis  (A. Smith, 1834)
Taxonomic Serial No.: 585321

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Species  
  Synonym(s): Mastomys hildebrandtii (Peters, 1878)
    Myomys fumatus (Peters, 1878)
    Mus caffer A. Smith, 1834
    Mus fumatus Peters, 1878
    Mus fusca Bocage, 1890
    Mus hildebrandtii Peters, 1878
    Mus illovoensis Jentink, 1909
    Mystromys longicaudatus Noack, 1887
    Mus microdon Peters, 1852
    Mus muscardinus Wagner, 1843
    Epimys panya Heller, 1910
    Mus tana True, 1893
    Mus ugandae de Winton, 1897
    Epimys coucha durumae Heller, 1912
    Epimys concha ismailiae Heller, 1914
    Mastomys coucha komatiensis Roberts, 1926
    Epimys coucha neumanni Heller, 1912
    Mastomys coucha ovamboensis Roberts, 1926
    Rattus coucha tinctus Heller, 1918
    Mus coucha zuluensis Thomas and Schwann, 1905
  Common Name(s): Natal Mastomys [English]
    Coucha Rat [English]
    Multimammate Rat [English]
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
    SubkingdomBilateria  – triploblasts  
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                      ClassMammalia Linnaeus, 1758 – mammifères, mamífero, mammals  
                         SubclassTheria Parker and Haswell, 1897  
                            InfraclassEutheria Gill, 1872  
                               OrderRodentia Bowdich, 1821 – esquilo, preá, rato, roedor, rongeurs, rodents  
                                  SuborderMyomorpha Brandt, 1855 – Rats, souris, Mice, Rats, Voles, Gerbils, Hamsters, Lemmings  
                                     SuperfamilyMuroidea Illiger, 1811  
                                        FamilyMuridae Illiger, 1811 – campagnols, rats, souris, mice, rats, voles  
                                           SubfamilyMurinae Illiger, 1811 – Old World rats, Old World mice  
                                              GenusMastomys Thomas, 1915 – Multimammate Mice  
                                                 SpeciesMastomys natalensis (A. Smith, 1834) – Natal Mastomys, Coucha Rat, Multimammate Rat  

  Expert: Guy G. Musser  
  Notes: Department of Mammology, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY 10024   
  Reference for: Mastomys natalensis    
  Expert: Michael D. Carleton  
  Notes: Department of Mammals, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC 20560   
  Reference for: Mastomys natalensis    
  Other Source(s):    
  Reference for:    
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Ellerman, J. R., and T. C. S. Morrison-Scott  
  Publication Date: 1966   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Checklist of Palaearctic and Indian Mammals 1758 to 1946, 2nd edition   
  Page(s): 810   
  Publisher: Alden Press   
  Publication Place: Oxford, England   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0565004484   
  Notes: Available online at   
  Reference for: Coucha Rat[English], Multimammate Rat [English]   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Musser, Guy G., and Michael D. Carleton / Wilson, Don E., and DeeAnn M. Reeder, eds.  
  Publication Date: 2005   
  Article/Chapter Title: Superfamily Muroidea   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 3rd ed., vol. 2   
  Page(s): 894-1531   
  Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press   
  Publication Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0-8018-8221-4   
  Reference for: Mastomys natalensis, Natal Mastomys [English]   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Rosevear, D. R.  
  Publication Date: 1969   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: The Rodents of West Africa   
  Page(s): 604   
  Publisher: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History)   
  Publication Place: London, England   
  Reference for: Mastomys natalensis   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Wilson, Don E., and DeeAnn M. Reeder, eds.  
  Publication Date: 1993   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 2nd ed., 3rd printing   
  Page(s): xviii + 1207   
  Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press   
  Publication Place: Washington, DC, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 1-56098-217-9   
  Notes: Corrections were made to text at 3rd printing   
  Reference for: Mastomys natalensis   

 Geographic Information
  Geographic Division: Africa  



  Comment: Status: IUCN - Lower Risk (lc) as Myomys fumatus, Mastomys hildebrandtii and M. natalensis  
    Comments: Characterized by 2n = 32, FNa = 52-54 (Britton-Davidian et al., 1995; Green et al., 1980; Volobouev et al., 2002b) and a distinctive hemoglobin electromorph (Green et al., 1980; C. B. Robbins et al. 1983). Samples with these chromosomal features have also been found in Senegal (Duplantier et al., 1990a, b; Granjon et al., 1996); Côte d'Ivoire, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, and Chad (Matthey, 1955, 1966a, b); Sierra Leone and Burundi (C. B. Robbins et al., 1983); S Benin (Codj...  



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