American Fancy Rat & Mouse Association

This article is from the WSSF 2008 AFRMA Rat & Mouse Tales news-magazine.


Living Fossil

A new squirrel-like rodent known as the Laos Rock Rat (Laonastes inhabitant of stone aenigmamus enigmatic mouse), and known locally as the kha-nyou, was discovered in Laos markets in 1998 being sold as food. Later research suggested it to be the sole survivor of a rodent family thought to be extinct known as the Diatomyidae. It was given a new species identification in 2005. Several other new mammals have been found in recent years in the South East Asia area including a mouse-like rodent.

June 11, 2015