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2014-07-22 03:30:57

Woodrats lost their ability to eat toxic creosote bushes after antibiotics killed their gut microbes. Woodrats that never ate the plants were able to do so after receiving fecal transplants with microbes from creosote-eaters, University of Utah biologists found.

Scientists Identify Factors Limiting Hybridization Of Closely-related Woodrat Species
2014-03-31 08:41:24

A pair of new studies from the Wildlife Conservation Society, Idaho State University, and the University of Nevada Reno look at the surprising variety of factors that prevent two closely related species of woodrats from becoming a single hybrid species despite the existence of hybrid individuals where the two species come into contact.

Singing Mice Use High-pitched Tunes To Protect Their Turf
2013-09-26 11:05:02

Two species of tawny brown singing mice that live deep in the mountain cloud forests of Costa Rica and Panama set their boundaries by emitting high-pitched trills

Genes Found That Tell Mice How To Build Their Burrows
2013-01-18 12:33:47

Working on a hunch that the mice probably inherit this behavior, biologist Hopi Hoekstra conducted a genetic analysis of several species of mice and found that three parts of the mouse’s genome control their burrows' size and features.

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2011-08-09 07:35:00

How rodents survive arms race with toxic plants they eat.

2011-05-16 19:59:18

River flow fluctuations downstream of dams are often out of sync with natural flow patterns and can have significant negative effects on aquatic species, such as native frogs.

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2011-02-15 10:25:47

The risk of deadly hantavirus outbreaks in people can be predicted months ahead of time by using satellite images to monitor surges in vegetation that boost mouse populations, a University of Utah study says.

2010-01-20 15:13:33

Spermatozoa from the same individual cluster together, improving motility in the race to the egg.


Latest Neotominae Reference Libraries

Bushy-tailed Woodrat, Neotoma cinerea
2012-07-27 15:58:15

The bushy-tailed woodrat (Neotoma cinerea) is also known as the packrat or the woodrat. It is native to the United States and Canada. Its range extends from arctic Canada south to northern Arizona. It also extends to the far eastern portions of Nebraska and the Dakotas. It is able to live in many types of habitats from deserts to boreal forests, but it prefers to live in rocky areas like cliffs or rocky fields, and it can also be found in abandoned mines or buildings. It will inhabit open...

White-Throated Woodrat, Neotoma albigula
2012-07-23 20:00:26

The white-throated woodrat (Neotoma albigula) can be found in a range that extends from Central Mexico in the South to Colorado and Utah in the North. Its western range extends from Texas to southeastern California, but it does not occur in the eastern areas of the United States.  Populations of these rats occurring east of the Rio Grande in New Mexico and Trans-Pecos Texas are classified as the white-toothed woodrat. The white-throated woodrat holds fifteen subspecies that occur throughout...

Sumichrast's Vesper Rat, Nyctomys sumichrasti
2012-07-05 10:08:58

Sumichrast's vesper rat (Nyctomys sumichrasti) can be found in a range that extends from southern Mexico into Panama. It is an arboreal rodent, an odd occurrence in nature, preferring to build nests out of leaves and twigs in the trees. It is most active at night, making it a nocturnal rodent. The main diet of this rat consists of plant materials such as figs and avocados. Sumichrast's vesper rat can have an average body length of up to 5.1 inches, and tail length between 3.3 and 6.1...

Peromyscus maniculatus, Deer Mouse
2012-04-26 12:29:36

Commonly known as the Deer Mouse, Peromyscus maniculatus is native to North America. It is prevalent in all areas except the far north and southeast United States. They can also be found in parts of South America. Peromyscus is the name used for most deer mice. There are sixty-six subspecies of Peromyscus maniculatus, and they are known for being closely related to the White-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus).  It is possible to distinguish between the two by looking at the multi colored...

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2012-04-02 20:35:58

The White-footed Mouse, (Peromyscus leucopus), is a species of rodent native to North America. Its range extends from Ontario, Quebec, Labrador and the Maritime Provinces (excluding Newfoundland) south to the southwestern United States and Mexico. In Texas this creature is known as the Woodmouse. The adult of this species measures 3.5 to 3.9 inches in length, not counting the tail, which can measure an additional 2.5 to 3.8 inches. It weighs typically about an ounce. It has a maximum life...

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edulcoration
  • The act of sweetening by admixture of some saccharine substance.
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