Phyllotis is a genus of rodent in the family Cricetidae. These mice are commonly confused with Auliscomys, Graomys and Loxodontomys. [1]. In order to tell these generas apart, one must look at the tail. Species in the genus Phyllotis have a penicillate tip on their tail which is not present in the other two genera. Tails in the genus Phyllotis are also less than the length of its head and body combined whereas in Graomys, tails are longer than the head and body combined .[1]

Phyllotis
Temporal range: Pleistocene - Recent
Phyllotis darwini.jpg
Darwin's leaf-eared mouse (Phyllotis darwini)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae
Subfamily: Sigmodontinae
Tribe: Phyllotini
Genus: Phyllotis
Waterhouse, 1837
Species

Phyllotis alisosiensis
Phyllotis amicus
Phyllotis andium
Phyllotis anitae
Phyllotis bonariensis
Phyllotis caprinus
Phyllotis darwini
Phyllotis definitus
Phyllotis gerbillus
Phyllotis haggardi
Phyllotis limatus
Phyllotis magister
Phyllotis osgoodi
Phyllotis osilae
Phyllotis pearsoni
Phyllotis wolffsohni
Phyllotis xanthopygus

It contains the following species:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Kramer, Kristin M.; Monjeau, J. Adrian; Birney, Elmer C.; Sikes, Robert S. (1999). "Phyllotis xanthopygus" (PDF). Mammalian Species (617): 1. doi:10.2307/3504375. JSTOR 3504375.