Barbary Striped Grass Mouse, Lemniscomys barbarous

The Barbary striped grass mouse (Lemniscomys barbarous) is native to northwest Africa. Its range includes Algeria, Tunisia, and coastal Morocco. It was thought that this range also included Sub-Saharan Africa, although the populations occurring here are now considered a distinct species known as Heuglin’s Striped Grass Mouse.

Along with Heuglin’s and Hoogstral’s Striped Grass Mouse, the Barbary striped grass mouse bears fur that is both darkly and lightly striped, while most other members of the Lemniscomys genus bear spotted coats. The Barbary striped grass mouse often occurs in captivity, and has a conservation status of “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.

Image Caption: The Barbary Striped Grass Mouse (Lemniscomys barbarus) is a small rodent. Credit: Richard Bartz/Wikipedia(CC BY-SA 2.5)