giant pouched rat

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giant pouched rat,

terrestrial African rodentrodent,
member of the mammalian order Rodentia, characterized by front teeth adapted for gnawing and cheek teeth adapted for chewing. The Rodentia is by far the largest mammalian order; nearly half of all mammal species are rodents.
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 of the genus Cricetomys. Found in a wide variety of habitats, including farmland, in sub-Saharan Africa north of South Africa, giant pouched rats resemble a very large house rat, to which they is not closely related. They have large cheek pouches like those of the hamsters, which they use for transporting foraged food back to the burrow, and have gray to brown fur with lighter underparts and a long scaly tail. They are largely nocturnal and omnivorous, feeding on vegetation and insects and other small invertebrates, but they favor palm nuts. The largest, the Gambian, or African giant, pouched rat, may reach 3 ft (90 cm) in length, half of which is the tail, and weigh up to 6.5 lb (3 kg). Gambian pouched rats, which have a keen sense of smell, have been trained to work with human handlers to detect land mines and identify tuberculosis in sputum samples. Giant pouched rats are hunted for food in Africa, and have been kept as pets in Europe and North America. Giant pouched rats are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Rodentia, family Nesomyidae.
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Comparative histology and histochemistry of the major salivary glands in the giant pouched-rats (Cricetomys gambianus) and greater cane rats (Thryonomys swinderianus).
The animals most frequently reported caught were blue duikers (Philantomba monticola), antelopes (Tragelaphus spp.), porcupines (Atherurus africanus), pangolins (Phataginus tricuspis), primates (Cercopithecus spp.), occasionally Giant pouched rats (Cricetomys emini), snakes (mainly Python sebae) and dwarf crocodiles (Osteolaemus tetraspis).
A 400-bp fragment of the mitochondrial cytochrome B (cytB) gene was amplified for the 9 Cricetomys giant pouched rat specimens collected in the Manfouete area using primers MVZ05 (29) and R400 (30).
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The amino acids profile of the brain and eyes of African giant pouch rat (Cricetomys gambianus).
The morphology of thyroid gland of African giant rat (Cricetomys gambianus) a wild cricetid rodent has been described.
The wild animals mentioned repeatedly were the cane rat (Thryonomys swinderianus), the Gambian pouched rat (Cricetomys gambianus), and the African brush-tailed porcupine (Atherurus africanus).
Ajayi, "Field observations on the African giant rat Cricetomys gambianus in southern Nigeria," East African Wildlife Journal, vol.
Hepatic capillariasis in African giant rats (Cricetomys gambianus Waterhouse) around Zaria, Nigeria.