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2009-02-19 17:00:40

A Chinese man said he caught a 6-pound rat the size of a cat by its 12-inch tail in a residential area of the city of Fuzhou. The man, identified only as Xian, said he caught the gargantuan rodent after seeing a group of people crowding around it, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday. Xian said he

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2009-02-18 15:32:55

Researchers have discovered a new species of rat in the mountains of the southern Philippines.

2009-02-18 09:06:25

A research project at Rice University has brought scientists to the brink of comprehending a long-standing medical mystery that may link cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and perhaps even Alzheimer's disease.

2009-02-06 09:44:06

A drug commonly used to help people recover from a stroke may one day help them improve their memories and learning abilities as well.

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2009-01-13 10:08:13

If you leave it up to the rats, New York City beats New Orleans any day.

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2009-01-01 12:10:00

Police say they are at a loss to explain who left 280 rats either dead or dying by the side of a road in Foster, R.I.

2008-12-19 10:28:32

The fabled laboratory mouse "” from which we have learned so much about how the immune system works "” can teach us only so much about how we humans get sick and what to do about it, says a leading researcher at the Stanford University School of Medicine.The time has come for immunologists to start weaning themselves from experimental rodents and to embark on a bold, industrial-scale assault on the causes and treatment of specifically human disease, writes immunologist Mark Davis,...

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2008-11-24 13:24:29

Bacteria that can cause serious heart disease in humans are being spread by rat fleas, sparking concern that the infections could become a bigger problem in humans.

2008-11-23 15:47:19

Rats in Africa have been trained to use their sensitive noses for the benefit of humankind by sniffing out landmines and diagnosing tuberculosis. The rats involved in finding landmines in Mozambique have been bred to be the size of raccoons, The Boston Globe reports.

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2008-10-27 18:20:00

The Carrizo Plain National Monument in south-central California is the largest single native grassland remaining in the state.


Latest Old World rats and mice Reference Libraries

Striped Field Mouse, Apodemus agrarius
2012-07-27 12:43:51

The striped field mouse (Apodemus agrarius) has a range that extends from Eastern Europe to Japan, and includes Siberia and Taiwan. It prefers a habitat within cornfields and other agricultural fields or human populated areas, and forests. It has many synonyms, or other names, including Apodemus albostriatus given by Bechstein in 1801 and Apodemus volgensis given by Kuznetzov in 1944. This mouse can reach an average body length of up to 4.9 inches, with a tail length of up to 3.5 inches...

Armored Rat, Hoplomys gymnurus
2012-07-17 14:40:46

The armored rat (Hoplomys gymnurus) is the only species within the Hoplomys genus. It is native to Latin America, with a range that extends from northern Honduras into northwestern Ecuador. It prefers a habitat at altitudes of up to 2,600 feet. It resides in burrows that can be up to 6.6 feet in length, and these burrows are typically located near a water source. The armored rat bears spines across its back, resembling a porcupine, and indeed, they are more related to the porcupine than...

Barbary Striped Grass Mouse, Lemniscomys barbarous
2012-06-25 17:15:04

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...

Sand Rat, Psammomys obesus
2012-06-20 16:14:18

The sand rat (Psammomys obesus), also known as the fat sand rat, is found in North Africa, as well as the Middle East. Its range extended from Mauritania to the Arabian Peninsula. It prefers habitats within sandy deserts, but it can be found within saline marsh areas and areas with rocky ground. It will burrow under vegetation like saltbushes, where rats can often be found foraging. There are many medical uses for the sand rat. Because of their tendency to get diabetes mellitus when fed a...

Maned Rat, Lophiomys imhausi
2012-05-23 13:57:55

The maned rat (Lophiomys imhausi), also known as the crested rat, has a range that includes Tanzania, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, and Uganda. It prefers a habitat located in highland forests and woodlands in these areas, while in Somalia and Ethiopia it prefers to reside in areas nearly at sea level. These rats will nest in hollow tree trunks or rocky areas, as well as within cliff-faces. The maned rat can reach a length of up to twenty-one inches, including the tail. The soft undercoat of...

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aphotic
  • Having no light.
  • Of or relating to the region of a body of water that is not reached by sunlight and in which photosynthesis is unable to occur.
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