Tanyuromys is a genus of oryzomyine rodents distributed in mountainous areas from Central America to the western part of South America. The species in this genus have historically been placed in Sigmodontomys, but according to cladistic research, this genus is either sister to the clade containing Sigmodontomys and Melanomys or sister to the extinct Caribbean giant rice rat Megalomys. Along with members of Aegialomys and Melanomys, it occurs at some of the highest elevations known for oryzomines.[1]

Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae
Subfamily: Sigmodontinae
Tribe: Oryzomyini
Genus: Tanyuromys
Pine, Timm, and Weksler, 2012

Two species are known from the genus: T. aphrastus (distributed from Costa Rica to Ecuador) and the recently described T. thomasleei (endemic to Ecuador).[1]


  1. ^ a b Weksler, Marcelo; Timm, Robert M.; Pine, Ronald H. (2012-06-28). "A newly recognized clade of trans-Andean Oryzomyini (Rodentia: Cricetidae), with description of a new genus". Journal of Mammalogy. 93 (3): 851–870. doi:10.1644/11-MAMM-A-012.1. hdl:1808/9974. ISSN 0022-2372.