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Thryonomys

 

(cane rats), the single genus of rodents belonging to the family Thryonomidae. The body measures up to 60 cm in length, and the tail up to 25 cm. The fur is coarse, bristly, and grayish brown on the upper side of the body. There are six species, distributed in Africa south of the Sahara. Cane rats lead a solitary nocturnal life, mainly inhabiting swampy areas. The flesh is edible.

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From an evolutionary analysis, we concluded that Protohummus is a sort of 'missing link' in the evolution of the cane rat family (Thryonomyidae).
The find has yielded a new fossil mammal that shows close relationship to living cane rats of Africa and gives us a greater understanding of the area's natural history.
From an evolutionary analysis, we concluded that Protohummus is a sort of aACAymissing link' in the evolution of the cane rat family (thryonomyidae).
The find has yielded a new fossil mammal that shows a close relationship to living cane rats of Africa, and gives us a greater understanding of the area's natural history," added Al Darmaki.
Cane rat Muridae Black rat Shaggy rat Swamp rat Striped mouse Insectivora Soricidae Nigerian Musk shew Hyracoidea Procavidae Black Giant shrew Pholidota Manidae Western Tree-hyrax Long-tailed/Tree Pangolin REPTILIA Reptila Nile croccodilus Monitor lizard Water moccasin Rock python Green mamba Black cobra Hingeback CLASS SCIENTIFIC NAME CONSERVATION MODE OF POPULATION ORDER STATUS IDENTIFICATION NUMBER MAMMALIA Atilax paludinosus T F 1 Vivvera civetta E F 2 Genetta poensis T F.
They need to come up with a new name though, as cane rat won't go down too well in Tesco's
Some people describe cane rat as sweet, but I never discovered that," he says.
It is mainly associated with Central and West Africa, and can be anything from gorillas and chimpanzees to antelopes, porcupines and cane rats.
Today, species ranging from cane rats to elephants are being hunted at unprecedented levels, and recent estimates suggest a bushmeat harvest of between one and five million metric tons each year--a level that is literally emptying forests of wildlife.
Customs and Excise officers raided the Mercyland Trading shop in Dalston, East London, and found an anteater, porcupine, antelope, goat, and cane rats - all smuggled in from Nigeria.