Boquete Rice Rat, Nephelomys devius

The Boquete rice rat (Nephelomys devius), also known as the Talamancan Oryzomys, the Montane Rice Rat, and the Chiriqui Rice Rat, can be found in Costa Rica and western Panama. It prefers habitats within highland and cloud forest areas.

Originally described in 1902 as Oryzomys devius, it was changed into a subspecies of Oryzomys albigularis in 1966, but quickly granted species status again shortly after this. Its classification changed once again in 2006, when members of the O. albigularis were placed in a new genus known as Nephelomys. This earned the Boquete rice rat the scientific name of Nephelomys devius.

The Boquete rice rat can reach an average body length between 13.19 and 14.17 inches, and this includes the tail. The dorsal fur is typically a light brown shade, while the underbelly and throat is beige or dull white in color. The feet are yellow in color, while the ears and nose are dark or black. The Boquete Rice Rat appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “least Concern”.

Image Caption: Skull of the holotype of en:Nephelomys devius, a young adult female from Boquete, Panama. Credit: Outram Bangs/Wikipedia